Follow the Evidence


An objective of the College is to advance scientific knowledge or the education of individuals wishing to practise Massage Therapy, to maintain the Standards of Practice of the Massage Therapy profession, and to provide information about the past and present role of the Massage Therapy profession in society. To that end, the College is very committed to supporting and advancing research, and evidence-informed practice of Massage Therapy.

What is Evidence-Informed Practice?

The College’s support of research is related to our responsibilities in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, to:

  • Develop, establish and maintain programs and Standards of Practice to assure the quality of the practice of the profession; and
  • Develop, establish and maintain standards of knowledge and skill and programs to promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement among registrants.

It is important to note that through our support of Massage Therapy research, the College does not take any position that aims to promote Massage Therapy. Rather, the College has three primary reasons for supporting Massage Therapy research:

  • To support the generation of knowledge that informs the provision of Massage Therapy treatments to optimize the health of Ontarians;
  • To support public access to competent and knowledgeable Massage Therapists; and
  • To provide evidence-informed information useful to the public in making healthcare decisions.

CMTO will continue to strive to carry out its responsibilities in the research context in two key ways:

  1. Continuing to support research on Massage Therapy through the Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF).
  2. Providing registrants with access to Research Resources that are relevant to the practice of Massage Therapy.