Hiring: Certified Athletic Therapist with Myofascial Release
• Wage: $20-25/hour

We are looking for a Certified Athletic Therapist with the following qualifications to work on a
research study:

• Is a certified athletic therapist within the Province of Manitoba
• Has a minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a CAT(C)
• Has continuing education training in myofascial release techniques and uses these
techniques frequently within their practice.

Prolonged office work is associated with postural adaptations, especially rounded shoulder
posture (RSP) and a forward head, collectively known as Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS). This
condition is characterized by tightness in the chest muscles (i.e. pectorals) and weakness in the
back muscles. Interestingly, individuals with UCS have an increased risk of developing pain and
dysfunction in the neck, shoulder and upper back. Traditionally, management of UCS has
centered on increasing the length of the chest with stretching and strengthening of the back.
More recently, there is an increased awareness of the ability of the connective tissues overlying
these muscles (i.e. fascia) to contribute to the development of conditions associated with pectoral
tightness. Techniques that focus on improving the flexibility of fascia, known as myofascial
release (MFR), are a relatively new addition to the practice of Athletic Therapy that improve joint
movement, strength and the performance of functional tasks. The proposed investigation will
determine the impact of one 4-minute session of MFR to the pectoral fascia on individuals with
rounded shoulder posture to determine if there are changes on the right side in: 1) shoulder
posture, 2) resting pectoral length, 3) muscle activity within the scapular stabilizers and pectoralis
major, and 4) movement performance in a reaching task compared to a control, soft-touch
placebo treatment. The results of this study will provide critical information necessary to
determine if MFR techniques are able to treat postural dysfunctions that contribute to the
incidence of injuries/pain in the neck, shoulder and upper back. Moreover, evaluating the effect of
MFR on a functional task related to computer usage may lead to recommendations regarding the
management of rounded shoulders posture in office settings.

Additional details:

• Anticipated work timeline:

  • February 2020 – December 20th, 2020: 1 hr/participant x 2 sessions* = 60 participants = 120 hours

• They may also contribute to data interpretation and the composition or editing of figures,
tables, posters, abstracts and manuscripts


  • January 1st, 2021-April 1st, 2021: Manuscript editing and revisions = 20 hours

• Wage: $20-25/hour

If you are interested in this position please send an email to

Sarah Bohunicky


Dr. Trisha Scribbans (Trisha.Scribbans@umanitoba.ca)

by February 7th, 2020 including:

• Your CV or resume,
• A cover letter indicating why you want to be involved and why you think you would be an
asset to our team/the project, and your availability (everyone needs to take a
• Please provide evidence of training in MFR. Individuals applying for this position may be
asked to demonstrate the MRF intervention intended to be used in the proposed study,
• Please let us know in your cover letter if you would you still like to be involved in the
study somehow are not hired for one of the positions (e.g. on a volunteer basis OR help
out with recruitment of participants).
We will review applications at that time and contact applicants to schedule interviews in the last
few weeks of February. Please let us know if you have any questions!