Case Report Hub
“How do I get involved in research?”
This is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive here at MTF. The short answer is that most therapists are already conducting research on a daily basis; asking clients questions about their symptoms, looking up information about different conditions, and trying out different techniques with varying levels of success.
The real question is, how do therapists share knowledge in order to help others? Unless you are already working within a large research institution (not the average MT!) the best way to begin sharing research insights with other therapists is through writing a case report. This page collects together all the resources you need to understand and undertake this endeavor.
Coming Soon! Register Now!
Join us for a info session to learn more about MTF’s Case Report Contests! This session will be hosted by MTF President Adrienne F. Asta, Robin Miccio, Susan Salvo, and Ruth Werner. We will review the guidelines and expectations and answer any questions you have. Practitioners, students, and educators who are thinking about submitting this year or future years will learn more about the contest and process. All are welcome! We look forward to meeting you and learning about your projects!
MTF/NCBTMB Free Research Webinar Series
Totally new to the world of research? We’ve got you covered! While not specifically focused on case reports, this webinar series explains vital concepts underpinning the world of research, making it a must-watch for those new to research.
Writing Case Reports: Free Five-Part Webinar Series
This five-part case report webinar series breaks down the most important elements of a good case report and walks you through the writing process, making it easy for you to write your own case report.
MTF Student Case Report Contest
- Guidelines: Get an idea of the criteria our evaluators look for in a great case report
- Apply: Are you a current student with a case to share? Begin your contest application process here.
- View Past Student Case Reports: See past contest winning student case reports.
- View Past Practitioner Case Reports: See contest past winning case reports from practitioners.
Infographic: Road Map to a Case Report
A handy visual guide to the main components of a case report.
PDF With Links- Mapping a Case Report
PNG Image File- Mapping a Case Report
3x Word Printable- Mapping a Case Report
Research Perch Podcasts about Case Reports
Enjoy engaging podcast discussions of case reports published in our journal, IJTMB. Each podcast page links back to the original journal article, and may contain additional related materials including study questions, visual abstracts and/or poster.
- The Value of Student Case Reports
- Comparing the Effects of Rest and Massage on Return to Homeostasis Following Submaximal Aerobic Exercise
- Massage Therapy Treatment and Outcomes for a Patient with Parkinson’s Disease
- Bowenwork for Migraine Relief
- Dynamic Angular Petrissage as Treatment for Axillary Web Syndrome Occurring after Surgery for Breast Cancer
- Concussion Treatment Using Massage Techniques:
- The Effects of Massage Therapy on a Woman with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Zen Shiatsu: Measuring Stress Reduction in a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Massage Therapy for Lyme Disease Symptoms
- Assessing the Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Bilateral Cleft Lip Reconstruction Scars
- The Effects of Massage Therapy after Decompression and Fusion Surgery of the Lumbar Spine
- Better or Worse: a Study of Day-to-Day Changes over Five Months of Rosen Method Bodywork Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain
- Positive Effects of Massage Therapy on a Patient with Narcolepsy
Published Peer-Reviewed Case Studies from IJTMB
A list of case reports and case report-related poster abstracts published in MTF’s open-access, peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB). Enter additional search terms in search bar to search for a specific condition.
- The Case for Case Reports, by Diana Thompson, LMP. Published in the January/February 2011 issue of Massage and Bodywork Magazine
- Writing a Case Report: Where to Start, by Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD. Published in the March 2011 issue of Massage Today.
- Adaptation of the CARE Guidelines for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Publications: Efforts to Improve the Impact of Case Reports, by Niki Munk, PhD, LMT, Karen Boulanger, PhD, CMT. Published in the 2014 International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Vol. 7, No. 3.
- Adapted CARE Guidelines: Detailed information about how to structure your case report.
- Research Tools: A list of links to helpful research-related resources across the web.
- Research Posters: Poster archive including research posters from MTF’s annual Poster Session contest and posters presented at our triennial International Massage Therapist Research Conference (IMTRC), many of which describe case studies.
- Research Infographics/Visual Abstracts: Research articles and case reports presented in engaging visual shorthand. Make an impact by sharing with friends, colleagues, and clients!