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September, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 09

Student Case Report Winners Announced

Massage Therapy Foundation Also Announces Editorial Changes at IJTMB

By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor

The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) recently announced the winners of the 2012 Student Case Report Contest. According to the Foundation, the Student Case Report Contest exists to promote research literacy in massage therapy schools by encouraging instructors to integrate research into their schools' existing programs.

The goal of the program is to encourage schools to come on board and support the program so students can learn to write effective research case reports and simultaneously begin to learn how to incorporate research into their future massage practices.

Each of the case reports reflected a different area of research and study into the effects of massage therapy on a variety of conditions. First place winner Mary Wakefield of the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland, studied "The Effects of Massage Therapy on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome." She receives a $2,500 cash prize contingent on undergoing the peer review process for publication in a scientific journal. She and her school supervisor also received a $1,000 stipend to attend the 2012 American Massage Therapy Association annual convention in Raleigh, NC, next month.

MTF Student Case Report - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Second place was awarded to Heidie Furin of the Cortiva Institute-Seattle, for her case report entitled "Combination Structural and Swedish Massage on a Patient with Post-Operative Bunions." Third place went to Nicole Riou of Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada for her report on "Massage Therapy for Essential Tremor: Quieting the Mind." Both the second and third place winners will receive $2,000 and $1,500 cash prizes respectively that are also contingent upon undergoing a peer review process for publication in a scientific journal.

The MTF also awarded two Honorable Mentions to Raeann Lisiecki for her report, "Investigating the Effect of Massage Therapy on Phantom Limb Sensation and Pain on a Double Amputee" and Danielle Van Holst for her report, "Massage Therapy Treatment for Scar of Post Tibia/Fibula Reconstructive Surgery and Fasciotomy." All participating students are encouraged to submit a poster abstract for the 2012 AMTA convention. Visit the MTF website for additional information on the submission process.

The Student Case Report Contest opens this month with a deadline of June 1, 2013. The Practitioner Case Report contest is open with a deadline of October, 1, 2012. For more information about the MTF and the student case report winners, visit

MTF Practitioner Case Report - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Editorial Changes at IJTMB

The MTF also recently announced some editorial changes taking place at the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), the massage industry's open access scientific journal sponsored by the MTF. Antony Porcino, PhD, has taken over as Executive Editor after the departure in early 2012 of long-time previous editor Dr. Glenn Hymel. Dr. Hymel is now serving as the Journal's Senior Consulting Editor and Emeritus Founding Executive Editor. Dr. Porcino recently completed his PhD in health services research, specifically research design issues in complementary and alternative medicine. His thesis focused on how therapeutic massage and bodywork practitioner's training and experience needs to be addressed in research design.

"Dr. Glenn Hymel's vision and leadership brought the IJTMB to a high level of acceptance in the scientific community in a remarkably short time," said MTF President Ruth Werner. "While we are excited to welcome Dr. Procino as the new Executive Editor, we are grateful that Dr. Hymel will continue to serve in an advisory capacity."

Another change was the addition of Albert Moraska, PhD, who joins the IJTMB as the Research Section Editor. Dr. Moraska is a past member of the MTF Board of Trustees and received his doctorate in Integrative Physiology in 2002 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently as Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and has been actively teaching and conducting research on massage therapy since 1994.

According to the MTF, "The Journal continues to push forward and make a name for itself within the massage and bodywork profession, evidenced by its inclusion in the indexes of PubMed Central, Quertle, the Directory of Open Access Journals, CrossRef, Healthindex, Index Copernicus, Google Scholar, Hinari and Scopus."

The IJTMB is an open access, peer reviewed publication intended to accommodate the diverse needs of the rapidly expanding therapeutic massage and bodywork community. Principal sections of the journal span the areas of research, education and clinical practice. For more information or a free subscription, visit


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