Special Announcement – 2012/2013 MTRF Grant Recipients

The Massage Therapy Research Fund of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario has just concluded the 2012/2013  funding competition through IN-CAM.   

The grant recipients are:

Fuschia M. Sirois PhD, BSc

The effects of massage therapy on the anxiety and sleep quality of individuals with fibromyalgia:
A pilot study.

In addition to pain, people with fibromyalgia experience sleep disturbances and anxiety. This study will examine the effects of 8 weeks of massage therapy on the sleep quality and anxiety symptoms of fibromyalgia patients, and its associated benefits for psychological well-being. We propose that massage therapy may be an effective way to improve sleep and anxiety among people with fibromyalgia that can enhance their quality of life.

Information about the researcher:
Fuschia M. Sirois
Canada Research Chair in Health and Well-being
Associate Editor, BMC Public Health, BMC CAM
Professor, Department of Psychology, Bishop’s University

Amanda Baskwill, BEd, RMT

Exploring Utilization and Knowledge of, and Attitudes, Barriers and Supports to Evidence-Informed Massage Therapy

As a society, we expect professionals to be aware of the latest studies and use this information to stay current. This study proposes to investigate the extent to which Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario use evidence in their practices, what they think about evidence, and what perceived barriers and supports exist in relationship to evidence-informed practice. Results of this study will allow the profession to help RMTs use more evidence in practice to provide safe and effective care.

Information about the researcher:
Amanda Baskwill, BEd, RMT
Program Coordinator, Massage Therapy Program, Humber College
MSc Program – Health Research Methodology – McMaster University
Amanda’s MSc work is under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Dore

The 2013/2014 MTRF funding competition will be announced in September 2013.