What does the research say about massage therapy and pain? Wouldn’t it be great if someone would put together all the high-quality studies to come up with some credible conclusions? It’s been done! In 2014 the Massage Therapy Foundation began the process of creating the largest systematic review of research about massage therapy for pain and function ever conducted. In this presentation you’ll get an overview of these comprehensive reports, with information on how to access them, what they mean, and how to apply the articles and associated databases for client outcomes and professional networking.
Ruth Werner is a retired massage therapist, writer, and educator with a passionate interest in massage research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health issues. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998. She writes for Massage and Bodywork magazine and teaches across the USA. She has served on committees for the Utah Department of Public Licensing, the AMTA, NCBTMB, and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. In 2005 she was selected for the AMTA Teacher of the Year Award.
Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron is a Professor in the Department of Research at the National University of Health Sciences and adjunct faculty in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois. She has taught numerous research-related courses and post-graduate seminars including introduction to research and biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, practice-based research, critical appraisal of the literature, and writing case reports. She has also served as a Principal Investigator on research studies focused on massage therapy and chiropractic care for 20+ years.