Canadian certified sport massage therapist Aurel Hamran planned his vacation to Hungary in July. What he was not planning for was a call from the Hungarian Swimming Federation by Fodor Szabolcs, leader of the open water department. Szabolcs asked him to help their swim team as a full member at the FINA 2017 Aquatic World Championships, in Hungary. He didn't hesitate, and accepted the invitation.
TV infomercials offer a world of potential solutions for back pain, but most of them have at least one of three problems – they're unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive.
EDMONTON – Alberta's auditor general has called for immediate action to improve a health-care system he says is still falling short despite years of recommendations on how to make it better.
Chiropractic is included in St. Michael’s Hospital services in Toronto. In fact, chiropractic is a salaried position in a number of Canadian hospitals, confirms Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles, a chiropractor and clinician-scientist on staff in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
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."
Canada needs to broaden its approach to palliative care to provide support to patients with serious chronic illnesses, not just those with cancer, suggests a group of doctors who deal with end-of-life care.
EDMONTON – A multidisciplinary approach is essential to effective management of concussion in athletes, according to sports psychologist Nicolas Allen. Allen was speaking to massage therapists attending the annual conference of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) held in Edmonton this weekend.
Building stronger supports to meet the needs of seniors through simplified patient pathways, more flexible home care and reduced hospital visits was the main focus of a two-day meeting involving provincial health-care partners recently held in British Columbia.
In the article, Boom, Bust, Bane & Breakthrough (MTC Spring 2015), I described the economic drivers nurturing the growth of the massage therapy profession, as well as threats (some self-imposed) stalling it’s evolution during this economy shift. In this article, I’ll outline several marketplace developments that are changing the way massage therapists deliver service, and some tangible markets the profession can explore.
Oct. 10, 2014 – WorkSafeBC is asking for stakeholder review and comment on the possible creation of policy on plantar fasciitis. The Occupational Disease Recognition Regulation of the Workers Compensation Act recognizes plantar fasciitis as an occupational disease, with no presumption in favour of work causation. There is currently no policy direction on plantar fasciitis or the recognition of any risk factors.
August 25, 2014 – A coalition of health and sporting groups across the country is calling for Canada's athletic organizations to get more proactive about protecting participants from head injuries. The Canadian Concussion Collaborative, consisting of nine national sports advocacy groups, has laid out two specific recommendations in the September issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Aug. 8, 2014 – Research by a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is expected to support a movement to legitimize and integrate therapeutic massage and bodywork into the usual care for individuals.
July 15, 2014 – Manulife has entered into a three-year sponsorship as the Mental Health at Work Champion of Excellence with Excellence Canada to help improve the mental health of Canadians within the workplace. Manulife will work with Excellence Canada to further promote and administer the program for organizations across Canada.
When the Ontario Board of Regents first regulated the practice of massage in the province of Ontario in 1919, it was in recognition of massage therapy as a form of health care.
June 24, 2014 – The federal government has launched an advisory panel on health-care innovation aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of Canada's health system. Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced the official launch of the panel in Toronto as members held their first meeting to discuss how various innovations could bring the greatest value to Canada's health-care system.
May 27, 2014 – The Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario (RMTAO) has rejoined the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA), a national alliance of massage therapist associations, citing the necessity for a unified national approach for the profession. In a letter sent to the CMTA, Krystin Bokalo, chair of the RMTAO, expressed the Ontario association’s commitment to supporting and maintaining an open dialogue with other provincial massage therapy associations.
The board of directors of the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) has appointed Sheila Molloy as its new executive director. The MTAM said Molloy, who has more than 20 years of experience in business and marketing, will be tasked to lead the association in its efforts to advance the massage therapy profession in Manitoba and serve its 850 members.
March 3, 2014 — The board of the directors of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO) has announced the appointment of Andrew Lewarne as its new executive director and CEO.
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