I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to give a keynote speech at the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario’s 2017 Education Conference. Here is the brief description:
Challenges in Massage Therapy Research
Christopher A. Moyer, Ph.D.
To conduct scientific research that examines massage therapy, and which has the potential to inform practice, is challenging. Of course, many of the challenges that are encountered when conducting massage therapy research are ones that also arise in other areas of clinical research (e.g., How does one get funding to conduct a study? Does a controlled study ever truly capture what happens in the real world?). At the same time, there are also challenges that are unique to conducting massage therapy research that relate to the culture of the profession and to the institutions that guide, oversee, and support scientific research. Using examples from his own scientific career, Dr. Moyer will outline these challenges in detail and offer his perspective on how they can be addressed to advance massage therapy research and practice.