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April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04

NCCAM Awards $30,000 Grant

By Editorial Staff

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently awarded a $30,000 grant to the Massage Therapy Foundation to help support the second "Highlighting Massage Therapy in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) Research" conference. The conference takes place at the Red Lion Hotel in Seattle May 13-15, 2010.

"This NCCAM conference grant is an important demonstration of support...of massage therapy's presence in integrative medicine and support of the Massage Therapy Foundation's role in bridging research and massage therapy practice," said Diana Thompson, Immediate Past President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and Chair of the conference planning committee.

The "Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Research" conference brings together massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, CIM researchers, allied health professionals and others interested in massage research. Current research related to massage and manual therapies will be presented with a special focus on translational research and public health. Seven world-renowned researchers and clinicians in the field of integrative health care will give keynote presentations at the conference and the three-day agenda also includes two panel discussions, 60 research presentations and posters, and innovative experiential workshops.

Experiential workshops are a relative rarity in research meetings. An academic exchange between the respective editors of International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Glenn M. Hymel, EdD, LMT, and Leon Chaitow, DO, ND, proposed this unconventional mechanism for bringing together research and practice. The workshops will include practical demonstrations of a variety of methods of manual care, combined with discussions of evidence of efficacy, proposed mechanisms, scientific evidence, and the expression of needs for future exploration.

Keynote speakers include Josephine Briggs, MD, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): Areas of Promise in Research of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); Dan Cherkin, PhD: Is Massage Effective for Back and Neck Pain? Applying the Research to Your Practice; Julie Ann Day, PT: First the Hypothesis: How a Biomechanical Model can influence Fascial Anatomy Research; Willem Fourie, PT: Is There a Place for Manual Therapy in Recovery from Breast Cancer Treatment?; Christine Goertz, DC, PhD: Translational Research and Manual Therapies, How Do We Get There from Here?; Helene M. Langevin, MD: Connective Tissue Physiology and Its Relevance to Manual Therapies; and Whitney Lowe, LMT: Knowledge Translation: Key Skills for Highly Successful Clinicians.

Panel discussions include Glenn Hymel, EdD, and Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, who will moderate, "Translating Research into Practice and Practice into Research" and William Meeker, DC, MPH, moderating "Manual Therapy and the Public Health."

Experiential Workshops include Julie Ann Day, PT: The Assessment of Upper limb Dysfunctions: Indications for Superficial or Deep Fascia Work; Leon Chaitow, ND, DO: Four Functional Assessment Methods: Their Research Origins and Clinical Usefulness; Whitney Lowe, LMT: Creative Applications of Research in the Clinical Massage Environment; and Masahiro Takakura, ND, DC, LAc, CKTI: Introduction of Kinesio-taping Application for Lymphatic Drainage and Inflammatory Condition.

The timeliness of this conference, according to Thompson, is evidenced by the fact that the number of clinical research studies in the area of massage therapy and integrative medicine have more than doubled since 2004. Thompson says, "In addition to the greater number of studies, massage therapists seem to be more curious about research, educators are more inclined to cite research data in the classroom, and vendors are more visibly supportive of search with their dollars and in their advertisements."

For registration information and to view the slate of speakers, visit


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