“Communication is important,” writes the book’s author, Rosemary Chunco, on the website for the The Massage Therapy foundation. (www.massagetherapyfoundation.org) “The more experience I gain as a massage therapist, the more I believe that communication is one of the most important aspects of our job. I’m not just thinking of communication between clients and therapists. There are many different types of communications, entities and connections within our field. One of those is the flow of information from our practices to other professional entities, and I believe that is one line of communication that deserves a lot more attention. By writing a case report, practitioners can clearly communicate their clinical reasoning and outcomes for a specific interesting case, and it is my hope that more of us will recognize the importance of this activity.”
Rosemary Chunco was the Gold Award Winner of the 2010 Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) Practitioner Case Report Contest for her report “The Effects of Massage on Pain, Stiffness and Fatigue Levels Associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Case Study.” She has blogged for the MTF before, sharing her advice on creating a case report.
To encourage others to write case reports, Chunco wrote a little easy-to-read e-Book titled, simply, Writing a Massage Therapy Case Report.
“Part of the book is a personal story of what I went through in writing a case report,” she says, “and another part provides tools, tips and resources that practitioners can use to help them write their own. The resource list is something that I wish someone had given me when I first thought about doing a case report, so I’m optimistic that it will help other practitioners. If you decide to write a case report, you can be assured that you will learn a lot, and you will be better off because of it in many ways.