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MTF announces winners of Practitioner Case Report Contest

March 5, Evanston, IL – The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) is  pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Practitioner Case Report Contest. This year’s Grand Prize Gold Award has been awarded to Meghan Thomason of Menomonie,Wisconsin for her winning case report titled “Massage Therapy for Lyme Disease.” 

March 6, 2012  By Massage Therapy Canada

As the first place winner, Thomason will receive a $2,500 cash
award contingent upon undergoing the peer review process with a scientific
publication, an invitation to present her paper and a poster at the 2012 AMTA
National Convention, and a $1,000 stipend to be used toward travel to the

Of the MTF’s Case Report Contest, Thomason said, “Research is a
strong passion of mine, and I was so excited to see it being promoted among
practitioners. That is why I conducted a case study to be a part of this
contest. Research is so important, for it answers the questions that we all
have about our own practices… I didn’t know if massage would help my client
with Lyme disease, but I was excited to find out the answer.” Thomason’s
conclusion was that massage therapy is a promising treatment for the symptoms
of pain, fatigue, and impaired concentration in patients with Lyme disease, and
that further research is needed to validate these efforts.

The Second Place Silver Award goes to Robin Streit of Camden,
New Jersey, for her case report titled “Massage Treatment Improves NTOS
Symptoms and Mobility: A Case Study on Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.”
The Third Place Bronze Award was awarded to Glenda Keller of Ontario, Canadafor
her case report titled “The Effects of Massage Therapy after Decompression and
Fusion Surgery of the Lumbar Spine: A Case Study.” Full abstracts for all three
winning case reports can be read here.


The Foundation has offered the Case Report Contests since 2006
as a way to encourage the writing of case reports, and to provide an
opportunity for massage and bodywork practitioners and students to develop
research skills, and to enhance their ability to provide evidence informed
massage to the public. Information about all previous Case Report Contest
winners, as well as details regarding how to enter the upcoming contests, can
be found on the MTF website.


The deadline for participation in the 2012 Practitioner Case
Report Contest is October 1, 2012.

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