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Thought-provoking Keynote Address Gets Educators Talking

The 2012 AMTA Schools Summit kicked off with thought-provoking keynote speaker Dr. Geoffrey Bove, Associate Professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Bove reviewed his ground-breaking investigations into the connection between massage therapy and pain neurobiology, along with other recent research in massage therapy.

Focusing on the importance of incorporating current research information into classroom curriculums, Bove referenced his current research collaboration with Susan Chapelle, RMT, to highlight some of the challenges and realities of performing clinical research in the United States today.

Additionally, Bove described tips on how educators can stay up-to-date on current research. A knowledgeable literature review gives the best account of research studies and their implications, but there are also steps that educators who are short on time can implement in their classrooms.

  • Do your best. Fostering an interest in research-based study of the massage therapy profession is a good first start in empowering future generations of practitioners.
  • Know the difference between facts (current research) and best practices (repeated observations). Both are important tools, but research allows you to speak a common language with medical practitioners and clients looking for validation of your approach to massage therapy.
  • Keep current with the literature. Pubmed.gov is a go-to resource and single source that links to millions of published research citations.
  • Be comfortable not knowing. Often something works and we don’t know why. Dr. Bove encourages us all to be okay with that.

To read more about the research studies highlighted in Dr. Bove’s presentation, visit:
» Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage 
» Third International Fascia Conference–Dr. Bove will be facilitating the panel on Scars and Adhesions 

AMTA is working to keep you, our School members, abreast of current research in the profession as well. From our support of the Massage Therapy Foundation to the Massage in the News column in Hands On, we strive to bring you regular updates on new research in and about the profession. Be sure to continue to check out the research section of amtamassage.org and our publications, such as School Advantage.


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