Evanston, IL – July 9, 2012 – The Massage Therapy Foundation is excited to recognize five exceptional students of massage therapy for their achievements in the 2012 Student Case Report Contest. The Student Case Report Contest (SCRC) promotes research literacy in massage therapy schools by encouraging instructors to integrate research into their schools’ existing programs. With the support and cooperation of schools, students learn to write a research case report and simultaneously begin to learn how to incorporate research into their future massage practice.

The First Place-Gold Award Winner is Mary Wakefield of the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland, New Zealand, with her case report entitled “The Effects of Massage Therapy on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.” Wakefield will receive a $2,500 cash prize contingent on undergoing the peer review process for publication in a scientific journal. She and her school supervisor will also receive a $1,000 stipend each to attend the 2012 AMTA National Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Second Place-Silver Award goes to Heidie C. Furin of Cortiva Institute–Seattle in Seattle, Washington, for her case report entitled “Combination Structural and Swedish Massage on a Patient with Post-Operative Bunions.” The Third Place-Bronze Award was awarded to Nicole Riou of Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada, for her report on “Massage Therapy for Essential Tremor: Quieting the Mind.” The second and third place winners will receive $2,000 and $1,500 prizes respectively that are contingent upon undergoing the peer-review process for publication in a scientific journal.

Two Honorable Mentions were also recognized in this year’s contest: Raeann Lisiecki, “Investigating the Effect of Massage Therapy on Phantom Limb Sensation and Pain on a Double Amputee” and Danielle Van Holst, “Massage Therapy Treatment for Scar of Post Tibia/Fibula Reconstructive Surgery and Fasciotomy.” All participating students are encouraged to submit a poster abstract for the 2012 AMTA National Convention being held in Raleigh. The call for posters is open to anyone. The guidelines can be found on the Massage Therapy Foundation website.

You can read the summary of all of this year’s winning case reports on the MTF website here.

About the Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education and community service. For more information, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.