MassageNet was established in 2009 with funding assistance from the Massage Therapy Foundation. Our mission is to develop and maintain communication between professional massage therapists, students, educators, and researchers.
What makes MassageNet unique is that we are a Practice-based Research Network (PBRN). This type of network utilizes a method of research in which data is collected in clinical practice, rather than in a research environment. This method offers researchers the ability to better understand what actually happens in the field, rather than what happens in the tightly controlled research setting. We are devoted to understanding the effectiveness of client care, as well as the healthcare process that occurs within individual practices.
PBRNs have not traditionally focused on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, leaving a gap in the field of healthcare knowledge. We hope to fill this gap through a focus on how massage therapy contributes to the health of today’s patient.