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 14,000 returns. So, if you don't feel like sorting through all those listings I have put together a synthesis of noteworthy open access article sourced from peer-reviewed publications indexed on Pubmed, to make your life easier.



PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

Kennedy, A.B., & Munk, N. (2017). Experienced Practitioners' Beliefs Utilized to Create a Successful Massage Therapist Conceptual Model: a Qualitative Investigation. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28690704


PAIN SCIENCE

Bishop et al. (2015). What effect can manual therapy have on a patient's pain experience? Pain Manag.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26401979

Courtney et al. (2017). Mechanisms of chronic pain - key considerations for appropriate physical therapy management. J Man Manip Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28694674

Harte et al. (2018). The neurobiology of central sensitization. J Appl Behav Res.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jabr.12137

Jacobs, D.F., & Silvernail, J.L. (2011). Therapist as operator or interactor? Moving beyond the technique. J Man Manip Ther. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22547923

Ji et al. (2016). Pain regulation by non-neuronal cells and inflammation. Science.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27811267

Kirkpatrick et al. (2015). Therapeutic Basis of Clinical Pain Modulation. Clin Transl Sci.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25962969

Lewis & O'Sullivan (2018). Is it time to reframe how we care for people with non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain? Br J Sports Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29941618

Miake-Lye et al. (2019). Massage for Pain: An Evidence Map. J Altern Complement Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30892910

Miciak et al. (2018). The necessary conditions of engagement for the therapeutic relationship in physiotherapy: an interpretive description study. Arch Physiother.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29468089

Moyer, C.A. (2008). Affective massage therapy. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21589715

Pelletier et al. (2015). Is neuroplasticity in the central nervous system the missing link to our understanding of chronic musculoskeletal disorders? BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25887644

Price, C.J., & Hooven, C. (2018). Interoceptive Awareness Skills for Emotion Regulation: Theory and Approach of Mindful Awareness in Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT). Front Psychol.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29892247

Rossettini et al. (2018). Clinical relevance of contextual factors as triggers of placebo and nocebo effects in musculoskeletal pain. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29357856

Skelly et al. (2018). Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30179389

Wideman et al. (2019). The Multi-modal Assessment Model of Pain: A Novel Framework for Further Integrating the Subjective Pain Experience within Research and Practice. Clin J Pain.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30444733


ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Chang et al. (2018). Ultrasound Imaging for the Cutaneous Nerves of the Extremities and Relevant Entrapment Syndromes: From Anatomy to Clinical Implications. J Clin Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30469370/

Dong et al. (2012). Entrapment neuropathies in the upper and lower limbs: anatomy and MRI features. Radiol Res Pract.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23125929

Espejo et al. (2018). Unraveling the Molecular Determinants of Manual Therapy: An Approach to Integrative Therapeutics for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Int J Mol Sci.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30205597

Gobbo et al. (2014). Muscle motor point identification is essential for optimizing neuromuscular electrical stimulation use. J Neuroeng Rehabil.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24568180

Goldstein (2019). How does homeostasis happen? Integrative physiological, systems biological, and evolutionary perspectives. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30649893/

Laumonier, T., & Menetrey, J. (2016). Muscle injuries and strategies for improving their repair. J Exp Orthop.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27447481

Ng et al. (2017). Establishing the Basis for Mechanobiology-Based Physical Therapy Protocols to Potentiate Cellular Healing and Tissue Regeneration. Front Physiol.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28634452

Schleip et al. (2019). Fascia Is Able to Actively Contract and May Thereby Influence Musculoskeletal Dynamics: A Histochemical and Mechanographic Investigation. Front Physiol.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31001134/

Schmid et al. (2009). Reliability of clinical tests to evaluate nerve function and mechanosensitivity of the upper limb peripheral nervous system. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19154625

Shah et al. (2015). Myofascial Trigger Points Then and Now: A Historical and Scientific Perspective. PM&R.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25724849

Thompson et al. (2016). Understanding Mechanobiology: Physical Therapists as a Force in Mechanotherapy and Musculoskeletal Regenerative Rehabilitation. Phys Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26637643

Van Hooren et al. (2018). Do We Need a Cool-Down After Exercise? Sports Med. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29663142 

Zügel et al. (2018). Fascial tissue research in sports medicine: from molecules to tissue adaptation, injury and diagnostics. Br J Sports Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30072398


Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Komaroff, A.L. Advances in Understanding the Pathophysiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. JAMA.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31276153


Cancer

De Groef et al. (2019). Best-Evidence Rehabilitation for Chronic Pain Part 2: Pain during and after Cancer Treatment. J Clin Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31284377/


Pediatric Massage Therapy

Field T. (2019). Pediatric Massage Therapy Research: A Narrative Review. Children (Basel).
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31174382/

Wren et al. (2019). Multidisciplinary Pain Management for Pediatric Patients with Acute and Chronic Pain: A Foundational Treatment Approach When Prescribing Opioids. Children (Basel).
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30795645/


Tendinopathy

Mead et al. (2018). Pathogenesis and Management of Tendinopathies in Sports Medicine. Transl Sports Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31131372/


FOAM ROLLING/ROLLER MASSAGE

Cheatham, S.W., & Stull, K.R. (2018). Roller Massage: A Commentary on Clinical Standards and Survey of Physical Therapy Professionals - Part 1 Int J Sports Phys Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30140569

Cheatham et al. (2018). Roller Massage: A Commentary on Clinical Standards and Survey of Physical Therapy Professionals - Part II. Int J Sports Phys Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30276024

Chughtai et al. (2019). Astym(®) therapy: a systematic review. Ann Transl Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30963065/

Wiewelhove et al. (2019). A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Foam Rolling on Performance and Recovery. Front Physiol.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31024339


CONCUSSION, HEADACHES AND NECK PAIN

Childress & Becker. (2016). Nonoperative Management of Cervical Radiculopathy. Am Fam Physician.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27175952

Ellis et al. (2016). Multi-Disciplinary Management of Athletes with Post-Concussion Syndrome: An Evolving Pathophysiological Approach. Front Neurol.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27605923

Ellis et al. (2018). Physiological Approach to Assessment and Rehabilitation of Acute Concussion in Collegiate and Professional Athletes. Front Neurol
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30619068

Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, C., & Courtney, C.A. (2014). Clinical reasoning for manual therapy management of tension type and cervicogenic headache. J Man Manip Ther. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24976747

Harmon et al. (2019). American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement on concussion in sport. Br J Sports Med. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30705232

Kwon et al. (2018) Anatomical analysis of the distribution patterns of occipital cutaneous nerves and the clinical implications for pain management. J Pain Res.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30310306

Matuszak et al. (2016). A Practical Concussion Physical Examination Toolbox. Sports Health.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27022058/

Morin et al. (2016). Cervical Spine Involvement in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review. Journal of Sports Medicine.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27529079 

Patricios et al. (2018).  Implementation of the 2017 Berlin Concussion in Sport Group Consensus Statement in contact and collision sports: a joint position statement from 11 national and international sports organisations. Br J Sports Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29500252

Shaffer et al. (2014). Temporomandibular disorders. Part 1: anatomy and examination/diagnosis. J Man Manip Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24976743

Shaffer et al. (2014). Temporomandibular disorders. Part 2: conservative management. J Man Manip Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24976744


SHOULDER AND UPPER LIMB

Berthold et al. (2017). Long Thoracic Nerve Injury Caused by Overhead Weight Lifting Leading to Scapular Dyskinesis and Medial Scapular Winging. J Am Osteopath Assoc.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28134956

Gismervik et al. (2017). Physical examination tests of the shoulder: a systematic review and meta-analysis of diagnostic test performance. BMC Musculoskelet Disord.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28122541

Gray et al. (2016). Assessment of shoulder pain for non-specialists. BMJ.
http://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i5783

Hangge et al. (2018). Quadrilateral Space Syndrome: Diagnosis and Clinical Management. J Clin Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29690525

Jain et al. (2013). Clinical Examination of the Rotator Cuff. Pm&r.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23332909 

Jones et al. (2019). Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: A Comprehensive Review of Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Pain Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31037504/

Koehler et al. (2018). Axillary web syndrome following breast cancer surgery: symptoms, complications, and management strategies. Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press).
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30588087

Latef et al. (2018). Injury of the Radial Nerve in the Arm: A Review. Cureus.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29666777

Muir, B. (2017). Dorsal scapular nerve neuropathy: a narrative review of the literature. J Can Chiropr Assoc.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28928496

Page, P. (2010). A new exercise for tennis elbow that works! N Am J Sports Phys Ther. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21589674

Yi et al. (2018). Deep Friction Massage Versus Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis. Hand (N Y). 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28719982


BACK AND TRUNK

Isu et al. (2018). Superior and Middle Cluneal Nerve Entrapment as a Cause of Low Back Pain. Neurospine.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29656623

Masaracchio et al. (2016). An intervention-based clinical reasoning framework to guide the management of thoracic pain in a dancer.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27999727

Oliveira et al. (2018). Clinical practice guidelines for the management of non-specific low back pain in primary care. Eur Spine J.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29971708

O'Sullivan et al. (2018). Cognitive Functional Therapy: An Integrated Behavioral Approach for the Targeted Management of Disabling Low Back Pain. Phys Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29669082

Petersen et al. (2017). Clinical classification in low back pain: best-evidence diagnostic rules based on systematic reviews. BMC Musculoskelet Disord.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28499364

Taxter et al. (2014). Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain in the pediatric population. Phys Sportsmed.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24565826

Tousignant-Laflamme et al. (2017). Rehabilitation management of low back pain - it's time to pull it all together! J Pain Res.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29042813

Vleeming et al. (2012). The sacroiliac joint: An overview of its anatomy, function and potential clinical implications. Journal of Anatomy.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22994881 

Weiss, H. (2011). The method of Katharina Schroth - history, principles and current development. Scoliosis.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21878114


HIP AND THIGH

Battaglia et al. (2016). Posterior, Lateral, and Anterior Hip Pain Due to Musculoskeletal Origin: A Narrative Literature Review of History, Physical Examination, and Diagnostic Imaging. J Chiropr Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27857636

Brukner, P. (2015). Hamstring injuries: Prevention and treatment—an update. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26105015

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.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26519522

Cheatham et al. (2013). Meralgia paresthetica: a review of the literature. Int J Sports Phys Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24377074

Cheatham, S.W. (2016). Extra-articular hip impingement: a narrative review of the literature. J Can Chiropr Assoc.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27069266 

Henning, P.T. (2014). The running athlete: stress fractures, osteitis pubis, and snapping hips. Sports Health.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24587861

Martin et al. (2017). Nerve entrapment in the hip region: current concepts review. Int J Sports Phys Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29234567

McGovern et al. (2019). Non-Operative Management of Individuals with Non-Arthritic Hip Pain: A Literature Review. Int J Sports Phys Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30746300

Obey et al. (2016). Anatomy of the Adductor Magnus Origin: Implications for Proximal Hamstring Injuries. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26798764

Tyler et al. (2014). Rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries of the hip and pelvis. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25383247

Via et al. (2018). Management of osteitis pubis in athletes: rehabilitation and return to training - a review of the most recent literature. Open Access J Sports Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30613167

Weber et al. (2015). The Hyperflexible Hip: Managing Hip Pain in the Dancer and Gymnast. Sports Health.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26137181


KNEE

Ardern et al. (2018). 2018 International Olympic Committee consensus statement on prevention, diagnosis and management of paediatric anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Br J Sports Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29478021

Bruyère et al. (2019). An updated algorithm recommendation for the management of knee osteoarthritis from the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO). Semin Arthritis Rheum.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31126594

Kennedy et al. (2018). An Overview of Clinically Relevant Biomechanics of the Anterolateral Structures of the Knee. Tech Orthop.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30542219

Porr et al. (2013). Entrapment of the saphenous nerve at the adductor canal affecting the infrapatellar branch - a report on two cases. J Can Chiropr Assoc.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24302782

Vegstein et al. (2019). Neurodynamic tests for patellofemoral pain syndrome: a pilot study. Chiropr Man Therap. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31080579


LOWER LIMB AND FOOT

Fraser et al. (2016). Midfoot and forefoot involvement in lateral ankle sprains and chronic instability. Part 1: Anatomy and Biomechanics. Int J Sports Phys Ther.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27904801

Fraser et al. (2016). Clinical commentary on midfoot and forefoot involvement in lateral ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability. Part 2 Clinical Considerations. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27999731

McKeon, P.O., & Wikstrom, E.A. (2016). Sensory-Targeted Ankle Rehabilitation Strategies for Chronic Ankle Instability. Med Sci Sports Exerc.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26717498

McKeon, P.O., & Donovan, L. (2019). A Perceptual Framework for Conservative Treatment and Rehabilitation of Ankle Sprains: An Evidence-Based Paradigm Shift. J Athl Train.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31135210

Paraskevas, et al. (2014). Fascial entrapment of the sural nerve and its clinical relevance. Anatomy & Cell Biology.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24987554

Powden et al. (2019). A 4-Week Multimodal Intervention for Individuals With Chronic Ankle Instability: Examination of Disease-Oriented and Patient-Oriented Outcomes. J Athl Train.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30589387

Ross et al. (2018). Exercise for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials and clinical guidelines. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30271611

Stefansson et al. (2019). Using Pressure Massage for Achilles Tendinopathy: A Single-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing a Novel Treatment Versus an Eccentric Exercise Protocol. Orthop J Sports Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30915381

Tu, P. (2018). Heel Pain: Diagnosis and Management. Am Fam Physician.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29365222

Vuurberg et al. (2018). Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ankle sprains. Br J Sports Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29514819


HISTORY OF MASSAGE

Jacobson, E. (2011). Structural Integration: Origins and Development. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21875349

Iorio et al. (2018). Healing bodies: the ancient origins of massages and Roman practices. Medicina Historia
http://mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/MedHistor/article/view/7473

Nomikos et al. (2010). The use of deep friction massage with olive oil as a means of prevention and treatment of sports injuries in ancient times. Arch Med Sci.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22419918/

Pettman, E. (2007). A History of Manipulative Therapy. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2565620/

Sherman et al. (2006) Development of a taxonomy to describe massage treatments for musculoskeletal pain. BMC Complement Altern Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16796753

Terlouw, T. J. (2007). Roots of Physical Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Mechanotherapy in the Netherlands in the 19th Century: A Disputed Area within the Healthcare Domain. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19066646


ACUPUNCTURE

Chang et al. (2019). Peripheral Sensory Nerve Tissue but Not Connective Tissue Is Involved in the Action of Acupuncture. Front Neurosci.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30872987

Lorenc et al. (2018). Scoping review of systematic reviews of complementary medicine for musculoskeletal and mental health conditions. BMJ Open.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30327397

Langevin, H.M. & Wayne, P.M. (2018). What Is the Point? The Problem with Acupuncture Research That No One Wants to Talk About. J Altern Complement Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29493256

Robinson, N.G. (2016). Why We Need Minimum Basic Requirements in Science for Acupuncture Education. Medicines (Basel).
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28930131

Ulloa et al. (2017). Nerve Stimulation: Immunomodulation and Control of Inflammation. Trends Mol Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29162418

Zhang et al. (2014). Mechanisms of Acupuncture–Electroacupuncture on Persistent Pain. Anesthesiology. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24322588