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.


Bishop et al. (2015). What effect can manual therapy have on a patient's pain experience? Pain Manag.

Courtney et al. (2017). Mechanisms of chronic pain - key considerations for appropriate physical therapy management. J Man Manip Ther.

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.

Dong et al. (2012). Entrapment neuropathies in the upper and lower limbs: anatomy and MRI features. Radiol Res Pract.

Gobbo et al. (2014). Muscle motor point identification is essential for optimizing neuromuscular electrical stimulation use. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

Harte et al. (2018). The neurobiology of central sensitization. J Appl Behav Res.

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.

Laumonier, T., & Menetrey, J. (2016). Muscle injuries and strategies for improving their repair. Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics.

Lewis & O'Sullivan (2018). Is it time to reframe how we care for people with non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain? Br J Sports Med.

Miciak et al. (2018). The necessary conditions of engagement for the therapeutic relationship in physiotherapy: an interpretive description study. Arch Physiother.

O'Sullivan et al. (2018). Cognitive Functional Therapy: An Integrated Behavioral Approach for the Targeted Management of Disabling Low Back Pain. Phys Ther.

Pelletier et al. (2015). Is neuroplasticity in the central nervous system the missing link to our understanding of chronic musculoskeletal disorders? BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

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.

Rossettini et al. (2018). Clinical relevance of contextual factors as triggers of placebo and nocebo effects in musculoskeletal pain. BMC Musculoskelet Disord.

Shah et al. (2015). Myofascial Trigger Points Then and Now: A Historical and Scientific Perspective. PM&R.

Skelly et al. (2018). Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Van Hooren et al. (2018). Do We Need a Cool-Down After Exercise? Sports Med. 

Zügel et al. (2018). Fascial tissue research in sports medicine: from molecules to tissue adaptation, injury and diagnostics. Br J Sports Med.


Schmid et al. (2009). Reliability of clinical tests to evaluate nerve function and mechanosensitivity of the upper limb peripheral nervous system. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

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.


Ellis et al. (2016). Multi-Disciplinary Management of Athletes with Post-Concussion Syndrome: An Evolving Pathophysiological Approach. Front Neurol.

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.

Kwon et al. (2018) Anatomical analysis of the distribution patterns of occipital cutaneous nerves and the clinical implications for pain management. J Pain Res.

Matuszak et al. (2016). A Practical Concussion Physical Examination Toolbox. Sports Health.

Morin et al. (2016). Cervical Spine Involvement in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review. Journal of Sports Medicine. 

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.

Shaffer et al. (2014). Temporomandibular disorders. Part 1: anatomy and examination/diagnosis. J Man Manip Ther.

Shaffer et al. (2014). Temporomandibular disorders. Part 2: conservative management. J Man Manip Ther.


Gismervik et al. (2017). Physical examination tests of the shoulder: a systematic review and meta-analysis of diagnostic test performance. BMC Musculoskelet Disord.

Gray et al. (2016). Assessment of shoulder pain for non-specialists. BMJ.

Hangge et al. (2018). Quadrilateral Space Syndrome: Diagnosis and Clinical Management. J Clin Med.

Jain et al. (2013). Clinical Examination of the Rotator Cuff. Pm&r. 

Koehler et al. (2018). Axillary web syndrome following breast cancer surgery: symptoms, complications, and management strategies. Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press).

Latef et al. (2018). Injury of the Radial Nerve in the Arm: A Review. Cureus.

Page, P. (2010). A new exercise for tennis elbow that works! N Am J Sports Phys Ther.


Isu et al. (2018). Superior and Middle Cluneal Nerve Entrapment as a Cause of Low Back Pain. Neurospine.

Masaracchio et al. (2016). An intervention-based clinical reasoning framework to guide the management of thoracic pain in a dancer.

Oliveira et al. (2018). Clinical practice guidelines for the management of non-specific low back pain in primary care. Eur Spine J.

Petersen et al. (2017). Clinical classification in low back pain: best-evidence diagnostic rules based on systematic reviews. BMC Musculoskelet Disord.

Taxter et al. (2014). Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain in the pediatric population. Phys Sportsmed.

Tousignant-Laflamme et al. (2017). Rehabilitation management of low back pain - it's time to pull it all together! J Pain Res.

Vleeming et al. (2012). The sacroiliac joint: An overview of its anatomy, function and potential clinical implications. Journal of Anatomy. 

Weiss, H. (2011). The method of Katharina Schroth - history, principles and current development. Scoliosis.


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.

Cheatham et al. (2013). Meralgia paresthetica: a review of the literature. Int J Sports Phys Ther.

Cheatham, S.W. (2016). Extra-articular hip impingement: a narrative review of the literature. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 

Henning, P.T. (2014). The running athlete: stress fractures, osteitis pubis, and snapping hips. Sports Health.

Martin et al. (2017). Nerve entrapment in the hip region: current concepts review. Int J Sports Phys Ther.

Obey et al. (2016). Anatomy of the Adductor Magnus Origin: Implications for Proximal Hamstring Injuries. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

Tyler et al. (2014). Rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries of the hip and pelvis. Int J Sports Phys Ther.

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.

Weber et al. (2015). The Hyperflexible Hip: Managing Hip Pain in the Dancer and Gymnast. Sports Health.


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.

Kennedy et al. (2018). An Overview of Clinically Relevant Biomechanics of the Anterolateral Structures of the Knee. Tech Orthop.

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.


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.

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.

McKeon, P.O., & Wikstrom, E.A. (2016). Sensory-Targeted Ankle Rehabilitation Strategies for Chronic Ankle Instability. Med Sci Sports Exerc.

Paraskevas, et al. (2014). Fascial entrapment of the sural nerve and its clinical relevance. Anatomy & Cell Biology.

Vuurberg et al. (2018). Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ankle sprains. Br J Sports Med.