Mari-Len De Guzman

Mari-Len De Guzman

Mari-Len De Guzman is the editor of Massage Therapy Canada magazine and Canadian Chiropractor magazine. She has been a journalist and editor for more than 15 years.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, massage therapy is one of the most popular complementary therapies utilized by people living with cancer. While there is no evidence that suggests massage therapy can treat this disease, it is recognized for its efficacy in providing physical and emotional benefits to the cancer patient, helping improve their quality of life.
Legalized marijuana, the growing opioid crisis, technology innovation, research and education – these are some of the hottest issues in health and health care management to watch for in 2018.
We recently held our first annual conference call with members of our editorial advisory board and it was a very productive discussion of issues and trends affecting health care and the massage therapy profession.
When Ed Cunningham resigned his lucrative post as a college football analyst for ESPN last August, he made clear the reason for his departure: he no longer wished to be at the forefront of a sport that endangers its players.
When a sexual abuse complaint against Ontario massage therapist Fernando Vigon-Campuzano in 2016 led him to surrender his RMT licence, it opened up a can of worms that went back as far as 2014. He has since faced three counts of sexual assault charges, as two more patients came forward.
The impending legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Canada – which is expected to take effect by next summer – is causing anxiety among many in the health-care profession, and for good reason.
A Toronto lawyer has expressed concern a new Ontario legislation designed to protect patients from sexual abuse in the hands of a health-care professional may result in unintended consequences.
Canada's unresolved pain problems have contributed to the growing opioid crisis that continues to result in thousands of deaths across the country. One in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain.
Massage Therapy Canada magazine has invited thought leaders in the massage therapy profession to help shape the publication’s editorial direction. These industry experts will comprise the magazine’s newly formed editorial advisory board.
Mental illness is not always an easy conversation topic. The fact that one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health issue in their lifetime does not make it any less uncomfortable or less stigmatizing. It does make it all the more real, however.
Toronto's auditor general has called on the city management to implement measures to ensure adequate controls and monitoring of benefit claims, after finding flaws in the city's oversight and benefit plan design which raise suspicions of or potential for abuse.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued a clinical practice guideline for the treatment of low back pain, which recommends non-drug, conservative approaches as the first line of treatment.
Much of the talk around solutions to the country's growing opioid crisis has been focused on treating overdoses, mainly by increasing the availability of naloxone kits for first responders as a stopgap measure. Some have also suggested pouring more resources into addiction treatment centres to help those with drug dependency problems get better.
In this episode of Practice Points, Don Dillon tackles the profession's seeming snobbery of massage therapy in spa settings, despite forming part of the profession's history and evolution.For more on this topic, read Dillon's article, "Time to snub professionals snobbery."
When Lisa Blanden got a phone call from the insurance company about a client who was claiming more than $3,000 worth of massage therapy treatments, she checked her records and was flabbergasted. She knew the client was being dishonest.
There have been some movements in the push for the regulation of Alberta’s massage therapists. Three massage therapy associations in the province have formed a coalition to restart the process of regulating massage therapy in Alberta, and have jointly submitted an updated application to regulate with the health ministry.
Massage Therapy Canada editor Mari-Len De Guzman visited the Belleville Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic, one of the sites for Ontario's Primary Care Low Back Pain Pilot project, and spoke to practitioners and patients about the progress of the program. Read the full story on Canadian Chiropractor in the article, "Pilots for change."
There is growing concern in the health care community about increasing incidents of prescription painkiller addiction and related deaths, and the significant toll it's taking on the health care system.
Shannon Marshall, RMT at Toronto's Hospital For Sick Children, talks about how massage therapy is helping care for kids with life limiting illness, particularly those in palliative care. She also offers some insights for those registered massage therapists who are considering a career in a hospital setting.
RMT and media personality Margaret Wallis-Duffy presented at the recent Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum on how the profession can thrive in a multidisciplinary practice. In her presentation, she emphasized several elements that are vital for the RMT practice to succeed and flourish.
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