Here is a compilation of open access research papers for massage therapists.
The International Journal of Massage & Bodywork
The International Journal of Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB) is an open access, journal for massage therapists - all the articles are FREE. If you are looking for a place to start reading, I have links to six popular articles for massage therapists:
Tendinopathy: Why the Difference Between Tendinitis and Tendinosis Matters. Bass, L. E. (2012)
Concussion Treatment Using Massage Techniques: A Case Study. Burns, S. (2015)
Practitioner-Generated Massage Therapy Research. Moyer, C. (2011)
Dynamic Angular Petrissage as Treatment for Axillary Web Syndrome Occurring after Surgery for Breast Cancer: A Case Report. Lewis, P.A., & Cunningham, J.E. (2016).
Open Access Research Papers
Here is a list of general research papers that are popular with massage therapists:
Clinical and symptomatological reflections: The fascial system. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. (2014)
Fascia–Current knowledge and future directions in physiatry: Narrative review. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. (2014)
Tendon neuroplastic training: Changing the way we think about tendon rehabilitation: A narrative review. British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2015)
Muscle injuries and strategies for improving their repair. Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics. (2016)
The myofibroblast in wound healing and fibrosis: Answered and unanswered questions. F1000Research. (2016)
Cervical Spine Involvement in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review. Journal of Sports Medicine. (2016)
The Role of Descending Modulation in Manual Therapy and Its Analgesic Implications: A Narrative Review. Pain Research and Treatment. (2015)
Is neuroplasticity in the central nervous system the missing link to our understanding of chronic musculoskeletal disorders? BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. (2015)
How can placebo effects best be applied in clinical practice? A narrative review. Psychology Research and Behavior Management. (2015)
The Neurobiology Shaping Affective Touch: Expectation, Motivation, and Meaning in the Multisensory Context. Frontiers in Psychology. (2016)
The Physiology of Bone Pain. How Much Do We Really Know? Frontiers in Physiology. (2016)
The Effect of Massage Therapy on Autonomic Activity in Critically Ill Children. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2014)
Massage therapy decreases pain and perceived fatigue after long-distance Ironman triathlon: A randomised trial. Journal of Physiotherapy. (2016).