Study on work-related pain among massage therapists underway

Ontario RMTs invited to participate in online survey
Mari-Len De Guzman
April 09, 2014
The Applied Research and Innovation Centre at Toronto’s Centennial College is conducting research on work-related pain among Ontario’s massage therapy professionals.
The study is led by Wray Barraclough, a registered massage therapist and professor of Centennial’s massage therapy program, and involves a survey of massage therapists in Ontario.

“Most would agree that the success and longevity of a career in massage therapy is dependent on being able to do the physical work of providing massage therapy treatments and that the occurrence of work-related pain threatens the financial livelihood of many,” said Barraclough in a statemet.

She added research that has been conducted in most health-care professions, such as physiotherapy, nursing, chiropractic, occupational therapy and massage therapy, all show that work-related pain or injury is prevalent in these professions.

“This study moves forward from existing research and explores if massage therapists experience pain, where it is located, some contributors to, experience of and management of work-related pain of registered massage therapists in Ontario,” Barraclough said.

All Ontario registered massage therapists are invited to participate in the study by completing an online survey, which takes between two and 15 minutes to complete. To be eligible, participants must have been registered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario at some point but need not be currently registered.

Data and results of the study are expected to benefit existing and prospective massage therapists by helping them “optimize their career potential.” Educators of massage therapy will also find results of this study important to their curriculum, Barraclough said.

Ontario RMTs interested in participating can find the online survey here.

Survey closes April 21, 2014.

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