UPDATED – The top ten most-cited massage therapy research articles.

A couple of days ago I made my first post to this blog with a list of the top-ten most cited massage therapy research articles.  I noted that I constructed the list using Google Scholar citations counts, and that their list is not perfectly ordered by citation count so it was possible (but oh so unlikely, given my expertise and familiarity with the research…) that I’d missed an article that belonged on the list.

Well I didn’t miss one.  I missed three.

John Pell, a librarian for the CUNY School of Public health at Hunter College, wrote to inform me that he found three articles further down in the Google Scholar results that I overlooked.  My thanks to him for the opportunity to improve the accuracy of the list. The new, corrected additions to the list come in at #5, #7, and #10.

#1 @ 458 citations

Field, T. M. (1998). Massage therapy effects. American Psychologist, 53, 1270-1281.

#2 @ 441 citations

Cherkin, D. C., Sherman, K. J., Deyo, R. A., & Shekelle, P. G. (2003). A review of the evidence for the effectiveness, safety, and cost of acupuncture, massage therapy, and spinal manipulation for back pain. Annals of Internal Medicine, 138, 898-907.

#3 @ 418 citations

Moyer, C. A., Rounds, J., & Hannum, J. W. (2004). A meta-analysis of massage therapy research. Psychological Bulletin, 130, 3-18.

#4 @ 380 citations

Field, T. (1995). Massage therapy for infants and children. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 16, 105-111.

(no link to pdf available)

#5 @ 373 Citations:

Field, T., Morrow, C., Valdeon, C., Larson, S., Kuhn, C., & Schanberg, S. (1992). Massage reduces anxiety in child and adolescent psychiatric patients. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 31, 125-131.

(no link to pdf available)

#6 @ 324 citations

Ironson, G., Field, T., Scafidi, F., Hashimoto, M., Kumar, M., Kumar, A., et al. (1996). Massage therapy is associated with enhancement of the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity. International Journal of Neuroscience, 84, 205-217.

(no link to pdf available)

#7 @311 Citations:

Ferrell-Torry, A. T., & Glick, O. J. (1993). The use of therapeutic massage as a nursing intervention to modify anxiety and the perception of cancer pain. Cancer Nursing, 16, 93-101.

(no link to pdf available)

#8 @ 310 citations

Cassileth, B. R., & Vickers, A. J. (2004). Massage therapy for symptom control: Outcome study at a major cancer center. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 28,244-249.

#9 @ 267 citations

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (2005). Cortisol decreases and serotonin increase following massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 115, 1397-1413.

#10 @ 261 Citations:

Furlan, A D., Brosseau, L., Imamura, M., & Irvin, E. (2002). Massage for low-back pain: A systematic review within the framework of the Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group. Spine 27, 1896-1910.

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