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CMTO - Massage Therapy Research Fund: 2016 Funding Competition Now Open!

The 2016 Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF) funding competition is now open and research proposal applications are being accepted. 

The MTRF was established in 2004. The College of Massage Therapists (CMTO) has been the primary contributor, ensuring the sustainability of the fund since 2006.

The application deadline for this year's funding competition is September 14, 2016 (11:59 p.m. ET). Grant recipients will be announced by December 2016.

The MTRF will provide up to $100,000 for the competition this year.

  • Each successful applicant  can be awarded up to $50,000;
  • The number of awards given will depend on the number of high-quality submissions received; and
  • The length of any individual award shall be set at two years, with requests for a one-year extension allowed.

Eligible research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Massage Therapy effectiveness, efficacy and safety;
  • Massage Therapy competencies and competency assessment;
  • Access to and delivery of Massage Therapy services;
  • Professionalization of Massage Therapy; and
  • Evaluation of Massage Therapy practice.

Special Call for Research on Massage Therapy for Soft Tissue Injury

This year we are introducing a special call for research on a specific topic.

  • The special call grant will be awarded through the MTRF.
  • The award amount will be a maximum of $87,500.
  • Topic: Effectiveness of Massage Therapy treatment for soft tissue injury (e.g., sprains, strains, lower back and extremity injuries) following a motor vehicle accident.

How to Apply

Guidelines for the applications and the application form are here:

After carefully reading the MTRF Guidelines, complete the MTRF Application Form and compile all required documents.

Submit your completed MTRF Application Form and all supporting documents electronically (via e-mail) to Dr. Natalie Bozinovski at by September 14, 2016.

Information about the MTRF funding competition can be found here: and

For info go here!

Science Behind Massage Therapy
Watch the video from CBC's The National - here!
"Canadian researchers have found that massage therapy helps relieve pain in damaged muscles by sending anti-inflammation messages to muscle cells."

CMTO Announces Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto is Now Responsible for the Massage Therapy Research Fund!

After a rigorous selection process and careful consideration, the Council of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has announced that the Centre for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at the University of Toronto is now responsible for the Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF) and managing the funding competition.

The New Administrator Found by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) to administer The Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF)!

The Centre for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at the University of Toronto's Dr. Lynda Balneaves

Dr. Lynda Balneaves is the Director of the CIM – a collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, as well as The Scarborough Hospital – is responsible for the MTRF and managing the related annual competition. Dr. Balneaves is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Toronto. She is also a Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

For more information go here.

Manitoba approves regulation of massage therapy profession by Mari-Len De Guzman

Read article here.

Study Shows Massage Therapy is Cost-Effective

"Registered massage therapists have known for decades that quality of life issues were improved or greatly improved, according to anecdotal evidence," says Registered Massage Therapists of BC President, Joseph Lattanzio.

Read more here.

Massage Therapy is a Drugless Analgesic at Medscape news

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Effects of Massage on Blood PressureEffects of Massage on Blood Pressure in Patients With Hypertension and Prehypertension: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials by Liao IC, Chen SL, Wang MY, Tsai PS.

Read article here

Immediate Effect of Therapeutic Massage on Pain Sensation and Unpleasantness: A Consecutive Case Series by Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT

Read article here

16 Epsom Salt Uses You Never Knew About by Fact Hacker
Read article here.

Congratulations to Canada's Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Thank you for a job well done!

Chronic Pain Syndromes - University of California (YouTube)

Fibromyalgia, what can I do about it? (YouTube)

Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF):

The 2015 MTRF funding competition is closed as of September 30, 2015. Please come back for updates for the MTRF 2016 competition.

For more information go here.

Check out this great video on "The single most important thing you can do for your stress" by Doc Mike Evans.

Food Sources of Magnesium
Mighty magnesium: This overlooked nutrient fights against heart disease, pain and diabetes.

Click here to read the full article on the benefits of Magnesium.

Click here to view an informative video on Stress Relief
(by Doc Mike Evans)

Concussions 101, a Primer for Kids and Parents

Check it out. Doc Mike Evans' great video on the symptoms of a concussion can be tough for kids to recognize.

Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.



Massage Therapy Foundation Contest now open

"The Massage Therapy 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 enhance their ability to provide evidence informed massage to the public. Cash prizes are available to the winners of each contest. Prizes are contingent on publication of the case report."

The next deadline: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.

For more information MTF Contest click here.

The Canadian Health Care Anti-fraud Association
Founded in 2000 to give a voice to the public and private sector health care organizations interested in preventing fraud in the Canadian health care environment.

Massage as Medicine in the Wall Street Journal.

Massage Therapy has been linked to alleviating the pain associated with chemotherapy and constant surgeries that cancer patients undergo. The Mesothelioma Center is an up-to-date resource for all mesothelioma issues ranging from mesothelioma disease to diagnosis options. More information.

Please watch this video on Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).
What we need to know!  Alert to woman and healthcare providers.

What is a Chiropractic Stroke?    Loss of a Young Mom Is making people aware: Young Mom Dies after chiropractic adjustment

Be aware of muscle injury caused by the side effects of these pharmaceutical medications see newspaper article link :

Drug mix could harm muscles, U.S. warns

Read more…

Cipro levaquin side effects floxin avelox

Introduction to The Flox Report

A Cipro(antibiotic) Experience

Royal Society of Medicine Press’ article


Working without a professional education and license? Could this happen to you?

Heath Ledger's masseuse not licensed in NY

Controversy:  Police found that she was working without a New York State Licence. Read more...


Diana Lee Wolozin Heath Ledger’s Masseuse and the 911 Call

Heath Leger Investigation


Students who struggle with the language associated with their MT studies can now find help with the newly designed online tutorial. The CCMH website is offering the tutorial free of charge. Click here: The First of its kind tutorial, helps ESL students learn the language of massage.

Massage Therapy Guide in Fanshawe College Library's Online Research Guides
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