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Massage Therapy Foundation

Mission: The Massage Therapy Foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.

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Consolidating threads on Research

I'm just throwing references to these threads on here from the main forum, just in case they get missed.…Continue

Started by Vlad Jan 12, 2010.

Generating Excitement about Research 4 Replies

Self disclosure, I'm one of those MT's who steers away from the research classes. I'm a science geek at heart but up to now have turned more towards hands on classes, and teacher track info. I have…Continue

Tags: prestige, employment, literacy, research

Started by Lisa Santoro. Last reply by Kim Goral Nov 15, 2009.

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Comment by Keith Eric Grant on October 28, 2009 at 3:10pm
Hi Jan,

On reason for publishing the paper when we did and in and open-access journal was to make it accessible. We also wrote it, not just to describe our own work, but quite intentionally to create a common background for discussion and, similarly, awareness of the evolution of self-reflection and adoption of technology and technology standards in other areas of health care. I also keep mentioning the paper in a number of venues.

Perhaps the harder part to convey is not knowledge that it exists, but knowledge that it's important. With a bit of luck, we'll have a lot more to open up for prolonged and iterative review by fall of next year. Despite having diverse background and experiences, The committee itself is and has been remarkable -- in our ability to converse and work toward consensus and in our joint commitment to transparency and documentation of process.

Today, I've been setting up software (RefBase) and starting to capture background papers for discussions on use of massage for low back pain and stress. With the economic picture as it has been, we had to drop consideration of the third area lymphedema for the initial pass. The main focus, however, is not just to create a limited number of guidelines, but to create and model a viable, ongoing process and a benchmark of comparison for doing it. High goals. Wish us luck.
Comment by Jan Schwartz on October 28, 2009 at 2:01pm
I just reread the great piece of work done by the Best Practices Committee. Isn't there some way to get this info to the larger community--practitioners, schools, and especially students who really need to be informed about what is possible within the profession and what the Foundation is about? There are 1500 schools, give or take, in this country. How many even mention the Foundation in their programs?
Comment by Laura Allen on October 28, 2009 at 1:49pm
Hello one and all, glad to be here! It was great this year at the AMTA convention in Orlando to see how successful the dollar-per-member campaign has been at supporting the Foundation--and the wonderful chapters of AMTA who have stepped up to the plate and increased their donation. It's also gratifying that in spite of all the politics and differences, the other associations have also been generous in supporting it, too.
Comment by Lauriann Greene, CEAS on October 28, 2009 at 1:48pm
As a researcher and writer on self-care, injury prevention and ergonomics for massage therapists, I'm very happy to join this group. I'm always interested in furthering research in the profession, and applaud the Foundation for the great work it does! If there is a need for consultation or peer-review in my areas of expertise, please don't hesitate to call on me. Best regards, Lauriann Greene, CEAS, Save Your Hands!,
Comment by Keith Eric Grant on October 28, 2009 at 12:51pm
Both as an individual and in my role as co-chair (with John Balletto) of the Foundation's Best Practices Committee I'm happy to see this group as and additional means of bring more visibility to the Foundation's efforts.

More background on the Best Practices Committee's work on developing a process for creating advisory guidelines and filing them with the National Guidelines Clearinghouse can be found in our first report paper in the Foundation's open-access, peer-reviewed web-based journal.
Comment by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB on October 28, 2009 at 12:14pm
I'm happy to be a member of this group. I went to the web site and found the following information about the Massage Therapy Foundation:
"We believe in massage therapy and bodywork. We are therapists, educators, members of professional organizations, vendors who sell supplies, and massage and bodywork clients. We support the Massage Therapy Foundation with our hearts and dollars, donating to promote the knowledge and understanding of massage. The Massage Therapy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, advances the profession through community service projects, research, and education." Warmly, Ariana Vincent, Ariana Institute,
Comment by Mike Hinkle on October 28, 2009 at 10:56am
So glad you have joined us! Looking forward to the Foundations input!

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