Massage Therapy Foundation

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The AMTA Massage Therapy Foundation supports the needs of the profession.The MTF helps therapists by providing education on research topics, funding for community service projects and fund research studies focused on massage therapy benefits so other health care professionals can better understand what we do as massage therapists.Humans instinctively value the healing power of touch, and modern massage therapy comes from a long and venerable tradition reaching through time and across cultural boundaries.massage-therapy-foundation-society-for-oncology-massage-3-638

Rigorous research about massage can challenge tradition, but it strengthens our profession, and provides guidance for massage therapists to be as effective as possible. Since its inception, the Massage Therapy Foundation has funded 39 research projects, with a total of $720,366. Topics have ranged from massage for peripheral neuropathy related to chemotherapy, to postural control of elders, to migraines, cancer, and spinal cord injury.

In addition, the Massage Therapy Foundation has consulted on numerous large-scale studies, funded two systematic reviews (one on stress, and one on sports massage), founded and published the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB), and hosted three international science conferences on massage therapy research.

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