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 DEVELOPMENT

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


SPORTS INJURIES

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

Gobbo et al. (2014). Muscle motor point identification is essential for optimizing neuromuscular electrical stimulation use. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24568180

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/


CLINICAL ASSESSMENT

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

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


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


CONCUSSION, HEADACHES AND NECK PAIN

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

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 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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