Research

Student case studies

During the program our students complete a case study project with guidance from our staff.  Several Vancouver College of Massage Therapy students have won international awards in research.  Many students have won awards from the Massage Therapy Association for exceptional case studies.

Academic research

VCMT and our alumni also collaborate with physicians on research projects that evaluate the impacts and benefits of massage therapy in treatment. We are proud to be involved with Dr. Collet in a published research project, “Massage and Autonomic Nervous System in Pediatric Intensive Care”.  Upon completion of this study, the results and knowledge was shared among RMT and researchers and the VCMT the school faculty, to better understand the effect of massage on the autonomic nervous system. 

VCMT Case Study international award winners

2013 International Massage Therapy Research Conference

Sarah M. Wehrle

Selected to Present Case Study on “Manual Lymph Drainage and therapeutic massage in treatment of a professional violinist” in Break-Out Session

2013 Massage Therapy Foundation – Student Case Study Award

Jennifer Nielson

2013 Massage Therapy Foundation – Student Case Study Award

Sarah M. Wehrle

2010 International Massage Therapy Research Conference

Alison Bowcock

Selected to Present Case Study on “The Effects of Regular Massage Therapy

During Treatment for Breast Cancer” in Break-Out Session 

Cynthia Walker

The Effects of Massage Therapy on Tempomandibular Joint Pain

Andrea Dobrostanski

The Potential Effect of Massage Therapy on an Undiagnosed Shoulder Restriction

Margaret Bacon

Effects of Massage and Hydrotherapy for Chronic Unresolved Medial Knee Pain

Alison Bowcock

The Effects of Regular Massage Therapy During Treatment for Breast Cancer

Julia Perkins

The Role of Massage Therapy in Reducing Anxiety Related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Irina Oulianova

An Investigation into the Effects of Fascial Manipulation on Dysmenorrhea

Ellery Espino

Effects of Massage Therapy and Raynaud’s Phenomenon’s Pallor of the Phalanges

Brie Slingerland

The Effects of Massage Therapy on Infant Growth

Marianne Hansen

Case Study: If Massage Therapy is Applied in a Hydrotherapy Pool, then the Discomforts of Pregnancy During Second/Third Trimester will be Relieved

Samantha Eibensteiner

Massage Therapy and Quality of Life Improvements in Multiple Sclerosis

Andrea Smith

How massage can improve quality of life in persons with Muscular Dystrophy

Marcia Moncur

A Case Report: The Effects of Massage Therapy on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Symptoms

Theron White

The Effect of Massage to the Hamstring Muscle Group on Length and Sprinting Speed

Audra Coton

Exploring an Anterior Body Treatment Approach to Chronic Back Pain

Hannah Beard

Increasing Range of Motion through a Comprehensive Massage Therapy Treatment to Increase the Speed of the Golf Swing

Danica Wilson

The Effects of Massage Therapy on a Benign Vascularised Fibromatosis: A Case Study

Kashka Zerafa

Breast Massage: An Approach to Decreased ROM and Pain Post Cancer Treatment

Mary Ferreira

Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation Techniques for the Treatment of Chronic Constipation: A Case Study

Irina Alexandrov

The Effect of Myofascial Release and Manual Lymph Drainage on Chronic Tension Headaches

Dana Smith

Myofascial Techniques Combined with Core Strengthening to Improve Post Partum Posture

Elizabeth Close

The effects of myofascial release to muscles of respiration on performance in a trumpet player

Darya Lyubar

The effects of massage therapy techniques on restoring pain free range of motion of the shoulder affected by an undiagnosed shoulder impingement

Rachelle Camsusa

The effects of massage therapy and craniosacral based techniques in massage therapy intervention of temporomandibular joint dysfunction linked to headaches

Sarah M. Wehrle

Manual Lymph Drainage and therapeutic massage in treatment of a professional violinist

Martina Duengen

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Myofascial Release to decrease neurological symptoms in the median nerve distribution of the hand

Kirsty Siemens

The effects of massage therapy in reducing chronic muscle spasms and myalgia in triceps surae and plantar muscles of the foot

Thomas Williamson

The effect of neuromuscular therapy (NMT) to the hamstrings in reducing neuromuscular risk factors leading to an anterior cruciate ligament injury

Adrienne Parks

The effects of massage therapy on vocal therapy in an amateur singer: a case study

Richard Dorst

Effects of manual lymphatic drainage on the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia syndrome

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