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Spotlight Event!

Please join us for our 6th Annual Research Symposium!

November 7th, 2021 | 10:00am-1:00pm 

The MTAM Research Symposium is an annual event that is organized by our very own Research committee!

The goal of the Symposium is to provide massage therapists, students, allied healthcare practitioners and the public an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations while connecting with colleagues and researchers.

Research is crucial to moving the profession forward. It inspires and educates therapists on how to apply the latest science when working with clients.

Even though research about manual therapies can challenge tradition, it strengthens our profession, and provides guidance for massage therapists to be as effective as possible.



10:00am – Jeffery Dalhouse, Research Committee Chair to welcome members

10:15am – 10:45am - Sarah Bohunicky will present an update on her research project Myofascial release of the pectoral fascia: Effect on shoulder posture, pectoral length, muscle activity, and movement performance. Learn how myofascial release of the pectoral fascia effects the alignment of the shoulder girdle and the length of the pectoral musculature. Sarah will also discuss how this effects muscle activity and functional movement of the shoulder. 

11:00am – 11:45am – Brandy Heuchert, MTAM’s research award winner, will present her research contribution to "The Saskatchewan Farmer and Rancher Mental Health Initiative." Her research looks at how can the mental health of Saskatchewan agricultural producers and their families can be supported. She looks at topics such as: “what programs, resources, or interventions are most effective to support the mental health needs of Saskatchewan agricultural producers and their families?” and “what are the experiences of health care providers, community members, and industry partners with supporting the mental health of Saskatchewan agricultural producers and their families?” 

12:00pm – 12:15 Break 

12:15pm – 1:00pm Keynote Speaker Eric Purves  

Presentation summary 

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) have an ideal opportunity to help in the treatment and management for those living with pain. Incorporating a biopsychosocial framework into clinical practice allows the RMT to understand and appreciate the person's unique journey and impact of pain on their life. This allows both parties to develop an evidence based treatment plan which focuses on supportive self-management strategies. In this presentation we will be discussing how RMTs are able to utilize a BPS framework in order to be an important component of a multidisciplinary pain management team. 

1:00pm - 1:15pm Closing remarks 

Sarah Bohunicky, CAT(C)    

Sarah Bohunicky is a Certified Athletic Therapist currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Manitoba. Upon certifying as an AT in 2016, she worked for a few years in Ottawa in both clinical and field settings where her practice tended to garner more questions than answers regarding the causes of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders and the modalities best advised for their rehabilitation. This lead her to complete her Masters of Science thesis research entitled: Myofascial release of the pectoral fascia: Effect on shoulder posture, pectoral length, muscle activity, and movement performance, which is what she will be presenting at the MTAM research symposium. It is Sarah’s goal to continue conducting novel research related to the practice of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and educating therapists to help guide their practice and understanding of the treatments in which they perform. It is her hope to make significant contributions to fields related to musculoskeletal rehabilitation so that other therapists can make informed rehabilitative decisions that are in the best interest of their clients.

Brandy Heuchert, RMT    

After graduating from the Western College of Remedial Massage Therapies in 2004 I started to practice massage therapy in Regina SK. Seven years into my practice a family move took us to Perdue SK, a small rural town west of Saskatoon. I established a full time practice in Perdue and am happy to serve in the area. Since the move I have been able to extend my RMT education, taking Contemporary Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University, and completing a Bachelor of Arts from Horizon College (U of S). In 2019 I was approached by a friend and colleague who asked me to join the FARMh (Farmers and Ranchers Mental Health Initiative) Team. She had been researching a variety of things relating to rural and remote healthcare and particularly starting to focus on mental health research in the Saskatchewan Agrarian population. My family and I are very happy to continue living rurally and I am happy to continue to enjoy the rich benefits of a rural and remote massage therapy practice.   


Eric Purves, RMT 

I am a registered massage therapist, educator and researcher based in Victoria, BC. In 2016, I became a faculty member with PainBC, where I teach a workshop for RMT’s on chronic pain management. I also instruct courses on MSK best practices using evidence-based pain management strategies and rehabilitation principles throughout North America and Europe. In 2019 I received my master of rehabilitation science through UBC. My graduate work focused on the role of RMTs in the healthcare system and how to use evidence based strategies to enhance research evidence in curriculum development and education delivery. 

Please register by visiting the MTAM Coming Events page on the MTAM website.