Assistant Professor – Research
Dr. Moraska’s research focuses on the role of complementary medicine in alleviating chronic disease. Areas of interest include mechanistic, translational, and clinical aspects of complementary therapies such as massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, structural integration, and yoga.
Dr. Moraska is currently conducting a three-year study funded by the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to identify the impact of massage therapy on pain and disability associated with tension-type headache. Dr. Moraska is also interested in the underlying physiological mechanism by which complementary therapies work. Specifically, he is investigating the mechanism of action of massage therapy on myofascial trigger points, which may provide physiological justification for this type of treatment.