Presentations at Colloquium 2018 by Niki Munk, PhD. 


Engaging. Captivating. Passionate.  These are all adjectives that describe Niki (plus the fact that she has a wonderful sense of humor!)  I am thrilled that Niki will join us for two amazing presentations at the PNMT Colloquium 2018. 

Foundation Friday

Enhancing Massage Practice through Case Report Integration: Context, Importance, Approach and Strategies

Case reports are a very important and meaningful contribution to massage therapy literature. They are important, not just for massage therapists, but for how this field is perceived by allied health professionals, the public, and massage consumers. The importance of case reports in the massage literature is growing, increasing the opportunity for massage therapists to incorporate evidence based practice into their work with clients. In this presentation, we will deeply explore case reports in an engaging, fun, and interactive way. 

Niki will first introduce us to CARE guidelines for case reports, adapting them to Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. after her initial presentation, Niki will guide us in critical assessment, group brainstorming, and small group contemplation. In this engaging aspect of the morning, participants will be immersed in the process of accessing, digesting, and applying knowledge gleaned from case reports into practice. Attendees will consider multiple published case reports in an effort to enhance critical thinking, treatment planning, and client outcomes.  This perfectly fits the theme of the Colloquium- Praxis. You will take the principles learned and apply them to daily practice. 


At the workshop’s completion, attendees will be able to 1) recognize and articulate the importance of case reports for massage research, practice, and education and the building of the practice reflective evidence base, 2) identify and utilize current literature and reporting guidelines pertinent to massage related case reports, 3) discuss current case report audits and implications for massage practice, research, and education, 4) replicate the critical thinking steps to develop a case report from a practice experience, and 5) use published massage therapy case reports in treatment planning and to reinforce research literacy, critical thinking, and clinical decision making.


Saturday Morning June 2, 2018 

 Massage and the Brain: Application and Outcomes for What Can’t be Touched

Description: Even though massage practitioners cannot literally touch the brain physically, various research programs highlight the benefits of massage for brain/central nervous system related conditions. The workshop will provide a survey of research evidence focusing on massage for wellbeing, depression, and anxiety, discusses the context from which massage practitioners address “untouchable” conditions, introduces the concept of chronic pain centralization, and shares results from an experimental case series examining a novel application of massage combined with mirror therapy for individuals with lower limb phantom limb pain.

Objectives: This presentation and discussion seeks to introduce participants to research evidence focusing on massage for wellbeing, depression, and anxiety; the concept of chronic pain centralization; and current research examining how massage practitioners address and approach treatment for individuals with amputations and preliminary evidence supporting the use of massage combined with mirror therapy for individuals with lower limb phantom limb pain. Upon completion of the presentation, participants will

·       have reinforced appreciation for the variety of research methods and outcomes relatable to clinical practice.

·       appreciate the breadth and growing evidence of massage therapy in the literature particularly in regard to emotional wellbeing, depression, and anxiety.

·       understand the unique challenges of central sensitization for patients, families, and care providers.

·       recognize massage therapy’s applicability to treatment approaches for patients in which central sensitization has occurred. 

·       recognize the potential for massage therapy to harness neurological principles related to Pfluger’s Law of Symmetry and mirror neurons in practice.

·       understand the scope of practice under which professional massage practitioners work and provide treatment to individuals with amputations.

·       understand how mirror therapy can be combined with massage therapy in a practical treatment setting and applied to individuals with lower limb amputations.