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Research and Massage Therapy

$45.00 members / $75.00 nonmembers     3.0 credit hours

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Learn how to evaluate and incorporate research results into your massage therapy practice.

By analyzing current research and participating in research you can broaden both your practice and acceptance for the profession of massage therapy.


Explore the importance of research, basic research concepts, how to conduct research, and the value of incorporating research into your massage therapy business. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the value of an evidence-based practice and the benefits of scientific massage therapy research results for your practice, your clients and the general profession of massage therapy.
  • In using the scientific method in preference to other methods of gaining information, distinguish between applied and basic, qualitative and quantitative, field and laboratory, survey and correlation research and inferential and descriptive statistics.
  • List three conditions required to establish causation in true experiments
  • Describe the four principles guiding ethical research.
  • Describe the five guidelines for evaluating the six parts of scientific studies.
  • List the six steps in designing research studies and how they are shaped by FINER.


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

Dr. Morien is a research scientist, dermatology physician assistant and licensed massage therapist. Her research interests are dermatological issues in bodyworkers, with recent studies on scar tissue and hand dermatitis.

Course expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

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