18 - Integrative Medicine & Massage Therapy with Donelda Gowan

In episode eighteen, Alexandria speaks to massage therapist, Donelda Gowan. Listeners learn all about the Center for Integrative Medicine at USask, and the low-risk modality of massage therapy in assisting with chronic pain management, and how to find a qualified RMT in Saskatchewan.
In episode eighteen, we are speaking to massage therapist, Donelda Gowan, who is the associate director of the Centre for Integrative Medicine in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology within the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Donelda is also the previous Chair of Research on the Board of Directors of the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan, and the current Chair of INCAM – the Canadian Interdisciplinary Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research Network. 
Donelda recently retired from massage therapy after 35 years of practice, and Donelda provides listeners valuable education on what integrative medicine is, the benefits of massage therapy as a low-risk modality in pain management, and the importance of utilizing massage as a bridging therapy for those living with chronic pain.
In this episode we also discuss the importance of physical touch and social connection in healing, the value of listening to your body while undergoing treatment which can enable massage therapy to be a tool of empowerment, and how to find a skilled and knowledgeable massage therapist in the province for your specific needs. 

There is currently a listserv through the University of Saskatchewan that people can subscribe to in order to get announcements of Centre activities; but if you have more direct questions about the Centre for Integrative Medicine at USask, or wish to contact Donelda directly for more information, she is available at d.gowan@usask.ca

Additional Links and Resources
Meta-Analysis (2004) of Benefits of Massage Therapy
How to Find a Massage Therapist in Saskatchewan

SaskPain Website
SaskPain Facebook

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Our Editor, Chris Enns, of Lemon Productions

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