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The Next Great Research Roadshow!

This year's Research Roadshow will use the game show Family Feud as a base for a 2-hour event of fun and learning!  

March 9 in Elkhorn 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Research Roadshow: Family Feud ~ In Elkhorn
MTAM Practicing/Non-Practicing/Retired Members: $20 plus GST
May 11 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Research Roadshow: Family Feud ~ in Winkler
MTAM Practicing/Non-Practicing/Retired Members: $20 plus GST

June 22 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Research Roadshow: Family Feud ~ in Steinbach
MTAM Practicing/Non-Practicing/Retired Members: $20 plus GST

September 14 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Research Roadshow: Family Feud ~ in Winnipeg
MTAM Practicing/Non-Practicing/Retired Members: $20 plus GST


Evidenced-Informed Research & Research News

Toxins: a myth of massage therapy

Definition of toxin (Merriam Webster Dictionary) : a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation.

Over time and advertising, our overall understanding of the word "toxin" is something completely different than this. The term has been co-opted into health advertising and the claims have grown into a multi-million dollar "detox" industry.  The word "detox" used to refer primarily to a medical procedure that rids the body of dangerous, often life-threatening, levels of alcohol, drugs, or poisons. Patients undergoing medical detoxification are treated in hospitals or clinics. The treatment generally involves the use of drugs and other therapies in a combination that depends on the type and severity of the toxicity.


How many massage therapists are still out there telling their clients that massage gets rid of toxins in the body? On any given day on Facebook, I see about half dozen people at least making that claim … Would you maaahnd sharing with us exactly how that happens? — Laura Allen, Massage Therapist

Why Drink Water After Massage?

Massage therapy does not flush toxins into the bloodstream, and water wouldn’t help if it did

The Unexamined Life: What Are Toxins?


2017 MTAM Research Symposium Recap!

Our Second Annual Research Symposium was held on November 5, 2017 and was a great event!

Over 60 Members and Guests attended in person and by webinar. Dr. Arthur Schafer's speech had everyone on the edge of their seats with interest as he discussed evidence-based research in western medicine and the need for it in Massage Therapy. His main conclusion was that cost implications being our toughest challenge. Emah Christiansen and Jeffery Dalhouse, with great humour, presented a number of questions related to Critical Thinking that had the room in stitches and learning as they laughed and had open discussions. They also balanced Dr. Schafer’s presentation with the idea that funding for Research was growing and there are a few places to get funding.

Dr. Trisha Scribbans, the MTAM Research Committee's very own PhD researcher, then presented her background and what she was looking forward to as it related to Massage research in Manitoba. Looking forward to next year! 

Below are the Poster presentations that were created for open discussion as people networked at this event...


Pregnancy & Labor Massage                                      Lipo-Lymphedema                                                    


 A Review of Current Fascia Research                       Massage Therapy and the Opioid Crisis


The Physical and Phsyiological Effects of Vaccum Massage on the Different Skin Layers: A Current Status of the Literature




Next Journal Club: 

Treatment effects of massage therapy in depressed people: a meta-analysis.

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This website, created by the MTAM, is an interactive site for the public that also lists the related evidence-based research relating to how Massage Therapy can help patients.


MTAM Journal Club and Roadshow Research

The Impact of Massage Therapy on Function in Pain Populations—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: Part I, Patients Experiencing Pain in the General Population
A Descriptive Study of the Practice Patterns of Massage New Zealand Massage Therapists
Clarifying Definitions for the Massage Therapy Profession: the Results of the Best Practices Symposium†

Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
2020 research priority setting summit
Massage therapy for pain;a call to action

Massage Therapy Restores Peripheral Vascular Function following Exertion

Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized Dose-Finding Trial
Massage Impact on Pain in Opioid-dependent Patients in Substance Use Treatment

Physiological Adjustments to Stress Measures Following Massage Therapy: A Review of the Literature

The Effects of Massage Therapy on Multiple Sclerosis Patients' Quality of Life and Leg Function

Massage-like stroking boosts the immune system in mice

The effect of massage on heart rate variability in preterm infants

The fabella syndrome - a rare cause of posterolateral knee pain: a review of the literature and two case reports.

Analysis on the Incidence of the Fibularis Quartus Muscle Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Supernumerary body part
Anatomical variations within the deep posterior compartment of the leg and important clinical consequences.
You Might Just Be Weird. The clinical significance of normal — and not so normal — anatomical variations
Tortora GJ, Grabowski SR. Principles of anatomy and physiology. 8th ed. Harper Collins College Publishers; 1996.
Does Epsom Salt Work? The science of Epsom salt bathing for recovery from muscle pain, soreness, or injury
The effect of passive stretching on delayed onset muscle soreness, and other detrimental effects following eccentric exercise.
The safety of massage therapy
Why Ice Delays Recovery


Massage Therapy Publications and Research Journals

International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Massage Therapy Canada

Massage Therapy Journal

Massage Therapy Magazine

Research Grants

Government of Canada

Government of Manitoba

University of Manitoba

Massage Therapy Foundation

College of Massage Therapy of Ontario

Registered Massage Therapist Association of British Columbia

Massage Therapy Research Websites

Fascia Research Congress