Open Access Resources for Massage Therapists:
If you are a massage therapist who is interested in reading massage therapy research, PubMed is a great resource but most massage therapists do not have academic access to journals.
But, this is not the only barriers to entry, sorting through the data is like drinking from a fire-hose, if you search Massage therapy on PubMed you will get over 12,000 returns. So, if you don't feel like sorting through all those listings I have put together a list of open access article sourced from peer-reviewed publications indexed on Pubmed, to make your life easier.
Allen, L. (2016). Case Study: The Use of Massage Therapy to Relieve Chronic Low-Back Pain. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Branchini, M., Lopopolo, F., Andreoli, E., Loreti, I., Marchand, A. M., & Stecco, A. (2016). Fascial Manipulation® for chronic aspecific low back pain: A single blinded randomized controlled trial. F1000Research.
Calsius, J., Bie, J. D., Hertogen, R., & Meesen, R. (2016). Touching the Lived Body in Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms. How an Integration of Hands-on Bodywork and Body Awareness in Psychotherapy may Help People with Alexithymia. Frontiers in Psychology.
D'alessandro, G., Cerritelli, F., & Cortelli, P. (2016). Sensitization and Interoception as Key Neurological Concepts in Osteopathy and Other Manual Medicines. Frontiers in Neuroscience.
Ellingsen, D., Leknes, S., Løseth, G., Wessberg, J., & Olausson, H. (2016). The Neurobiology Shaping Affective Touch: Expectation, Motivation, and Meaning in the Multisensory Context. Frontiers in Psychology.
Lewis, P.A., & Cunningham, J.E. (2016). Dynamic Angular Petrissage as Treatment for Axillary Web Syndrome Occurring after Surgery for Breast Cancer: A Case Report. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Lim, H., Kim, M., Lee, C., & Namgung, U. (2016). Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture Stimulation via the Vagus Nerve. PLoS ONE
Nunes, G. S., Bender, P. U., Menezes, F. S., Yamashitafuji, I., Vargas, V. Z., & Wageck, B. (2016). Massage therapy decreases pain and perceived fatigue after long-distance Ironman triathlon: A randomised trial. Journal of Physiotherapy.
Obey, M. R., Broski, S. M., Spinner, R. J., Collins, M. S., & Krych, A. J. (2016). Anatomy of the Adductor Magnus Origin: Implications for Proximal Hamstring Injuries. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.
Aboodarda, S., Spence, A., & Button, D. (2015). Pain pressure threshold of a muscle tender spot increases following local and non-local rolling massage. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Brukner, P. (2015). Hamstring injuries: Prevention and treatment—an update. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Brukner, P., & Connell, D. (2015). ‘Serious thigh muscle strains’: Beware the intramuscular tendon which plays an important role in difficult hamstring and quadriceps muscle strains. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Burns, S. (2015). Concussion Treatment Using Massage Techniques: A Case Study. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Bystad, M., Wynn, R., & Bystad, C. (2015). How can placebo effects best be applied in clinical practice? A narrative review. Psychology Research and Behavior Management.
Jacobson, E. E., Meleger, A. L., Bonato, P., Wayne, P. M., Langevin, H. M., Kaptchuk, T. J., & Davis, R. B. (2015). Structural Integration as an Adjunct to Outpatient Rehabilitation for Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Randomized Pilot Clinical Trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Kania-Richmond, A., Reece, B., Suter, E., & Verhoef, M. (2015). The professional role of massage therapists in patient care in Canadian urban hospitals – a mixed methods study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Major, B., Rattazzi, L., Brod, S., Pilipović, I., Leposavić, G., & D’Acquisto, F. (2015). Massage-like stroking boosts the immune system in mice. Scientific Reports.
Pelletier, R., Higgins, J., & Bourbonnais, D. (2015). Is neuroplasticity in the central nervous system the missing link to our understanding of chronic musculoskeletal disorders? BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Southerst, D., Yu, H., Randhawa, K., Côté, P., D’Angelo, K., Shearer, H. M., . . . Taylor-Vaisey, A. (2015). The effectiveness of manual therapy for the management of musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower extremities: A systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.
Urakawa, S., Takamoto, K., Nakamura, T., Sakai, S., Matsuda, T., Taguchi, T., . . . Nishijo, H. (2015). Manual therapy ameliorates delayed-onset muscle soreness and alters muscle metabolites in rats. Physiological Reports.
Vigotsky, A. D., & Bruhns, R. P. (2015). The Role of Descending Modulation in Manual Therapy and Its Analgesic Implications: A Narrative Review. Pain Research and Treatment.
Best, T. M., Crawford, S. K., Haas, C., Charles, L., & Zhao, Y. (2014). Transverse forces in skeletal muscle with massage-like loading in a rabbit model. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Cheng, Y., & Huang, G. (2014). Efficacy of Massage Therapy on Pain and Dysfunction in Patients with Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Gobbo, M., Maffiuletti, N., Orizio, C., & Minetto, M. (2014). Muscle motor point identification is essential for optimizing neuromuscular electrical stimulation use. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.
Guan, L., Collet, J., Yuskiv, N., Skippen, P., Brant, R., & Kissoon, N. (2014). The Effect of Massage Therapy on Autonomic Activity in Critically Ill Children. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Li, Y., Wang, F., Feng, C., Yang, X., & Sun, Y. (2014). Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. PLoS ONE.
Liljencrantz, J., & Olausson, H. (2014). Tactile C fibers and their contributions to pleasant sensations and to tactile allodynia. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.
Mcpartland, J. M., Guy, G. W., & Marzo, V. D. (2014). Care and Feeding of the Endocannabinoid System: A Systematic Review of Potential Clinical Interventions that Upregulate the Endocannabinoid System. PLoS ONE.
Paraskevas, G., Natsis, K., Tzika, M., & Ioannidis, O. (2014). Fascial entrapment of the sural nerve and its clinical relevance. Anatomy & Cell Biology.
Pongratz, G., & Straub, R. H. (2014). The sympathetic nervous response in inflammation. Arthritis Research & Therapy.
Smith, B., Littlewood, C., & May, S. (2014). An update of stabilisation exercises for low back pain: A systematic review with meta-analysis. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Tadeo, I., Berbegall, A. P., Escudero, L. M., ÃLvaro, T., & Noguera, R. (2014). Biotensegrity of the Extracellular Matrix: Physiology, Dynamic Mechanical Balance, and Implications in Oncology and Mechanotherapy. Frontiers in Oncology.
Wang, J., Lü, D., Mao, D., & Long, M. (2014). Mechanomics: An emerging field between biology and biomechanics. Protein & Cell
Barbe, M. F., Gallagher, S., Massicotte, V. S., Tytell, M., Popoff, S. N., & Barr-Gillespie, A. E. (2013). The interaction of force and repetition on musculoskeletal and neural tissue responses and sensorimotor behavior in a rat model of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Gay, C., Bishop, M., Alappattu, M., Coronado, R., & Horn, M. (2013). Effect of a single session of muscle-biased therapy on pain sensitivity: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Pain Research
Hofmeijer, J., Franssen, H., Schelven, L. J., & Michel J. A. M. Van Putten. (2013). Why Are Sensory Axons More Vulnerable for Ischemia than Motor Axons? PLoS ONE.
Kumar, S., Beaton, K., & Hughes, T. (2013). The effectiveness of massage therapy for the treatment of nonspecific low back pain: A systematic review of systematic reviews. International Journal of General Medicine.
White, G. E., & Wells, G. D. (2013). Cold-water immersion and other forms of cryotherapy: Physiological changes potentially affecting recovery from high-intensity exercise. Extreme Physiology & Medicine.
Bass, L. E. (2012). Tendinopathy: Why the Difference Between Tendinitis and Tendinosis Matters. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Dong, Q., Jacobson, J., Jamadar, D., Gandikota, G., Brandon, C., Morag, Y., . . . Kim, S. (2012). Entrapment Neuropathies in the Upper and Lower Limbs: Anatomy and MRI Features. Radiology Research and Practice.
Thomason, M., & Moyer, C. (2012). Massage Therapy for Lyme Disease Symptoms: A Prospective Case Study. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Baskwill, A. (2011). Changing the Culture of Clinical Education in Massage Therapy. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Moyer, C. (2011). Practitioner-Generated Massage Therapy Research. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Pierson, M. (2011). Changes in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Symptoms Following Massage Therapy: A Case Report. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Weiss, H. (2011). The method of Katharina Schroth - history, principles and current development. Scoliosis.
Bertolucci, L. (2010). Muscle Repositioning: Combining Subjective and Objective Feedbacks in the Teaching and Practice of a Reflex-Based Myofascial Release Technique. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Moraska, A, Pollini, R, Boulanger, K, Brooks, M. Z., Teitlebaum, L. (2010) Physiological Adjustments to Stress Measures Following Massage Therapy: A Review of the Literature. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
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