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.

Featured Reviews

The research studies in this course were amazing!! I gained a lot of insight in the field of research for massage therapy.

- M. Radford, LMT, AMTA

I have learned much from this course, and will use its contents to more confidently explain the benefits of massage therapy to all present and prospective clients!

- Cheryl Rowe

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!

- Chad Bradbury, LMT, NCTMB

Research can be difficult to understand. The text is very straightforward, clear and provides a number of studies that can be applied to practice today.

- Patricia England, 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.

- Megan Lopez, LMT, NCTMB

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!

- C. Linnea Johnson, LMBT

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!

- Deborah Layton, LMT, BCTMB

I have gained much knowledge and many insights from this course. A wealth of useful information is present in the text. I will definitely use this information in my practice. This course reaffirmed the numerous benefits and impact of massage therapy on overall health and wellness. Great course! Thank you.

- Deneen M. Jenkins

I really enjoyed this course. The book "Massage Therapy Research" by Tiffany Field was very interesting. I look forward to using is as a reference in my practice to help educate people about the great benefits that massage can do with different disorders. I also like the fact that lots of research in one easy place. I would definitely encourage everyone to read this book and use it. Having it on hand to show our colleagues and share with other health care professionals will be great.

- Nicole L. Cook

Very interesting course. Nice to see all the research that has been done utilizing massage therapy in many avenues of healthcare. I highly suggest getting the book vs reading online. You will want to keep it as its very resourceful.

- Selina Oelberg, LMT, BCTMB

This was way more informative than I expected. Learned a lot.

- Christi Covington, LMT, BCTMB

Excellent class! Informative and interesting. Covers a wide range of topics. Great resource for therapists and for patients if they inquire about studies done with massage therapy.

- Margaret D'Arcy, LMT, BCTMB


  • 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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