Massage Therapy Foundation Announces 2013 Practitioner Case Report Contest Winners, MASSAGE MagazineThe Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has announced the winners of its 2013 Practitioner Case Report Contest. This year’s grand-prize Gold Award has been awarded to Angela Burke from Boulder, Colorado. Her winning case report was titled “Zen Shiatsu: A Viable Intervention for Stress Reduction in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

As the first place winner, Burke will receive a $2,500 cash award, contingent upon undergoing the peer review process with the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB). Additionally, she will be invited to present her report at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) national meeting in September 2014.

Laura E. Allen from Rutherfordton, North Carolina, received the Silver Award. Her case report was titled “The Use of Massage Therapy to Relieve Chronic Low Back Pain.” Allen will receive a $2,000 cash award, contingent upon undergoing the peer-review process with IJTMB.

An honorable mention was also awarded to Rosi Goldsmith from Portland, Oregon, for her case report titled “Case Report on Exploration of Massage, Bodywork, and Mind-Body Interventions for Parkinson’s Disease.”

Information about all previous MTF Case Report Contest winners, as well as details on how to enter the 2014 contest, can be found on the MTF website.

The Massage Therapy Foundation holds annual case report contest for students and practitioners because it provides an opportunity for massage therapists and bodywork professionals to develop research skills. Published case reports enhance the ability of every practitioner to deliver evidence-informed massage to the public.

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