A Research Agenda for the Massage Therapy Profession: a Report from the Massage Therapy Foundation

  • JoEllen M. Sefton, PhD, LAT, ATC Auburn University
  • Jennifer Dexheimer, BSc, LMT National University of Health Sciences
  • Niki Munk, PhD, LMT Indiana University Purdue University
  • Robin Miccio, MS, LMT Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Ann Blair Kennedy, DrPH, LMT University of South Carolina School of Medicine http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3518-6314
  • Jerrilyn Cambron, PhD, LMT National University of Health Sciences
  • Gordon MacDonald, BSc Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Colombia
  • Rob Hemsworth, BPE, RMT Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Colombia
Keywords: strategic plan, bodywork, complementary, integrative, medicine, research priorities

Abstract

The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) serves as a primary steward of massage therapy research; working to fund and advance the science and art of massage therapy for the entire massage community. The development of an updated research agenda is an essential part of furthering the MTF’s responsibility to help grow the massage therapy knowledge base and increase support for the application of quality research. Integrative health and massage community stakeholders are called upon to help move this MTF 2020 Massage Therapy Research Agenda forward. Together we must strive to continue to advance and disseminate new knowledge to all stakeholders including practitioners, students, instructors, researchers, and policy makers.

Author Biographies

JoEllen M. Sefton, PhD, LAT, ATC, Auburn University

Warrior Research Center, School of Kinesiology

Jennifer Dexheimer, BSc, LMT, National University of Health Sciences

Journey to Wellness, Inc.

Niki Munk, PhD, LMT, Indiana University Purdue University

School of Health and Human Sciences

Robin Miccio, MS, LMT, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Integrative Health Program

Published
2020-09-03
How to Cite
Sefton, PhD, LAT, ATC, J. M., Dexheimer, BSc, LMT, J., Munk, PhD, LMT, N., Miccio, MS, LMT, R., Kennedy, DrPH, LMT, A. B., Cambron, PhD, LMT, J., MacDonald, BSc, G., & Hemsworth, BPE, RMT, R. (2020). A Research Agenda for the Massage Therapy Profession: a Report from the Massage Therapy Foundation. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice, 13(4), 42-46. https://doi.org/10.3822/ijtmb.v13i4.595