Foundation News - October 2017

An Experience of a Lifetime!

Team MTF: Run for Research
Have you ever dreamed of running the Boston Marathon? Massage Therapy Foundation can make your dreams come true! Applications are now being accepted to run with Team MTF: Run for Research at the 2018 Boston Marathon. Previous marathon qualifications are not required. Visit the MTF website to view the application and learn more. Help us spread the word, and tell your friends and clients who run. Application deadline is November 15, 2017.  

New Issue of IJTMB

International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

The Massage Therapy Foundation is pleased to provide the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice (IJTMB). IJTMB is an online, peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal for the therapeutic massage and bodywork profession, and is available free of subscription fees and contributing author charges. The journal is now in its ninth year of publication. It is an indispensable resource for members of the massage and bodywork profession as well as for related health-care professionals.  

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Quality Online Education Courses

Research postersBasics of Research Literacy (BRL) is an affordable online continuing education course for all massage practitioners and educators. Massage Therapy Foundation and Academy of Clinical Massage are excited to bring you the opportunity to explore this important work at your own pace and in your own time. It is not reading a document and then taking a test. Rather, BRL is a highly interactive skill-building experience that has the capactity to enhance the way you work.

Learn more about the basics of research literacy in a 3-hour NCBTMB-approved online course for $59. Questions? Email

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Treating Neck Pain with Massage Dosing 

An MTF Writing Group research review article published in Massage Today, "A Study on Massage Dosing in the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain," outlined the effectiveness of receiving three 60-minute massage therapy session over the course of a week for the treatment of chronic neck pain. The review was based on an article orginally published in the Annals of Family Medicine by Sherman and colleagues.

Massage therapy dosing, the treatment frequency and massage therapy duration, was a key factor in this study. Two hundred and twenty-eight participants between the ages of 20 and 64 years who had experienced chronic, non-specific neck pain for at least three months prior to the study were recruited at random to one of six study groups. A total of 37 to 39 persons was assigned to each of the five dosing groups or the single wait-list control group.

Specific massage treatment protocols were utilized for both the 30- and 60-minute sessions. Protocols included range-of-motion assessment, hands-on check-in, and massage applied directly to the neck. Eight licensed massage therapists, each with over five years' experience, provided the treatments.

While all massage groups showed improvement, those who received 60-minute massages twice or three times per week experienced the most improvement in neck function. The study suggests that patients suffering from chronic neck pain are more likely to show improvement with multiple 60-minute massage therapy treatments per week as opposed to one massage session.

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