Definition of Massage

Massage: Massage uses direct hands-on manipulation of the surface of the body to achieve therapeutic results. Massage therapy includes many sub specialties that are focused on specific types of injury treatment, stress reduction, or release of tensions. They range from forceful, deep movements to extremely light superficial treatments.

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This section is designed as a jumping-off point. We’ve “spotlighted” just a few medical studies on massage to introduce you to the nature and diversity of the research. Consider it a springboard to the RESEARCH area.


The heart of the portal. Search the Natural Standard, Cochrane and PubMed databases – and the search engine TRIP – for clinical studies about massage‘s impact on numerous health issues.


Investigate the clinical trials currently underway for massage. Where they’re being conducted around the world – which health conditions are being studied – and how to get involved.