Tool offers database of current evidence on massage therapy for pain

Massage Therapy Canada staff
July 18, 2017
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
Results of a recent collaborative review and meta-analyses of massage therapy for pain have been published.

The project is a collaboration between the Massage Therapy Foundation, Samueli Institute and the American Massage Therapy Association, and was published as a three-part series in a peer reviewed journal and discussed at last year's International Massage Therapy Research Conference in Seattle, according to the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF).

The report is "state-of-the-art" database containing current evidence that explore the effects of massage therapy on function for people with pain. The database includes data from 99 randomized controlled trials included in the systematic review and meta-analyses.

The review investigated the impact of massage therapy on function in three types of pain population: those who would typically visit their general health-care practitioners complaining of pain; patients undergoing or recovering from surgical procedures; and cancer patients, the MTF said.

The published database allows users to search, sort and filter information based on interest. The database is published on the MTF website.


0 #1 Ernest 2017-09-28 23:49
My question is, does improving function of, for example the shoulder, mean that there will be a decrease in pain after the long run? With the consideration that the client is regularly exercising and seeking treatment AND following home care instructions?
Does massage therapy help with pain management, which would, in turn, help the client to recover in the long run with other interventions involved, such as physiotherapy?

Can massage therapy, by itself, help a client recover from, for example, a musculoskeletal condition?

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