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Research Opportunities

Research Poster Session

AMTA is proud to collaborate with the Massage Therapy Foundation on the 18th annual poster session at the AMTA 2016 National Convention.

The poster sessions are a showcase of research about massage, education, and community service projects. MTF encourages participation in this event to create a forum for informal discussion of research, and to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how individual therapists have impacted their communities and advanced the profession.

Research Track Education

Look for education sessions featuring research-specific education, developed in partnership with the Massage Therapy Foundation.

Current Research: Massage Therapy & Pain


Thursday, 1:30-3:30pm; repeated 4-6pm | Courtney Boyd, Jerrilyn Cambron

Pain is a major public health concern, significantly affecting the physical and emotional quality of life of approximately 100 million Americans. The Samueli Institute, through funding by the Massage Therapy Foundation with support from AMTA, conducted a systematic review and metanalysis of published science on massage therapy and pain. Review important findings on the impact of massage therapy for individuals with chronic pain, cancer-related pain and surgical pain.

Research Panel: Massage in Military & Hospital Settings

Friday, 8am-Noon | Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier IIICarol Fletcher

Hear about the latest in massage therapy research from high caliber researchers working in the field. Learn about the impact of massage on veterans to improve quality of life and manage pain. Also hear from the Massage Therapy Foundation practitioner and student case report winners.

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