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Niki Munk, PhD, LMT
Assistant Professor and Director of Research, Department of Health Sciences
Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN

About Niki Munk, PhD, LMT

Dr. Munk is an Assistant Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Health Sciences at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University – IUPUI (Purdue University) in Indianapolis. She specializes in massage therapy practice and has a research focus in massage therapy efficacy and effectiveness for pain, depression, and functional outcomes at all life stages.

Dr. Munk received her doctorate degree in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky. She earned her 600 Hour Certificate in Massage Therapy at the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, KY. After receiving her 600 Hour Certificate, Dr. Munk served as President of In Touch, LLC., Private Massage Therapy Practice for Elders in Lexington, Kentucky for 11 years.

Dr. Munk is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Kentucky and a Professional Member of the Gerontological Society of America. She serves as a Practice Section Editor for the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and an Advisory Board Member for the Indiana College of Sports & Medical Massage in Carmel, IN. She has contributed more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, published abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations over the course of her academic career.

Articles Written by Niki Munk, PhD, LMT

Top 5 Questions About Massage for Spine Pain Answered

Massage is a popular treatment option for people with back and neck pain. Does it matter where you go for massage therapy?

Massage for Spine Health: 5 Tips for Choosing a Massage Therapist

Research supports the view that massage is a legitimate back pain treatment, offering a viable option to medications or more invasive methods to manage spine pain.

Massage a Real Deal Option for Chronic Low Back Pain

More than 50 percent of massage therapy study participants reported clinically meaningful improvement in their low back pain after their massage therapy program.

Articles Reviewed by Niki Munk, PhD, LMT

Clinical Massage Therapy “Real-World” Study Outcomes

In a first-of-its-kind study, clinical massage therapy was shown to produce "clinically meaningful improvement" for more than half of patients studied.

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