Utilizing Massage Therapy Research


10 CE Hours

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Written by the Director of the world-renowned Touch Research Institutes, the course text examines the practical applications of important massage therapy research findings and describes the conceptual application of those results to practice. Each chapter of this comprehensive text provides a clear and authoritative review of what is reliably known about the effects of touch for a variety of clinical conditions such as depression, pain management, movement problems and functioning of the immune system. Coverage also includes the benefits of massage to specific populations such as pregnant women, neonates, infants, and adolescents.

In this course, you will:

  • gain a background regarding the necessary elements needed to formulate a research question and select treatment and control groups for massage therapy research
  • recognize the importance of research protocol used for growth and development, attention & attention disorders, psychiatric conditions, pain syndromes, autoimmune disorders and immune disorders
  • review studies on reducing prematurity, enhancing growth and development, increasing attentiveness, decreasing depression and aggression, improving neuromuscular function, movement, pain reduction and enhancing immune function
  • analzye research finding from the following areas of inquiry: anxiety, aromatherapy, blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, the elderly, reflexology, sports, and surgery

This course provides a thorough yet concise review of recent research related to the importance of touch.

Course Reviews

April Lee, LMT, BCTMB

Great course on much of the research done on massage therapy ... very affirming too to know that the work we do does make a difference on the physical level which is measurable using scientific methods.

Deborah Layton, LMT, BCTMB

The text for this course is excellent and I only wish I had gotten the actual book since it should have a place on my reference shelf. If they come out with a new edition, I would definitely take the course again!

C. Linnea Johnson, LMBT

Great course! I especially like Appendix 2 and the easy-to-reference abstracts. I am looking forward to spending some time in the bibliography and looking at some of the other scientific studies that have been done!

Megan Lopez, LMT, NCTMB

This was a very interesting compilation of massage therapy studies on a wide variety of health challenges. I'm so glad that I opted to take this class, as it reconfirmed the many, many benefits of massage therapy to truly affect the mood, wellness and general health of those suffering with pain, depression, cancer and numerous other ailments.

Chad Bradbury, LMT, NCTMB

I LOVED the clinical data collected by Dr. Fields! Only with exposure to the plain physiological benefits of massage therapy utilizing the God-given healing powers of the body's innate nervous, endocrine, as well as the more well known musculoskeletal systems can the gargantuan pharmaco/surgical banderlog be overcome! You go Ms. Fields!

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  • Text - 272 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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