Florida recently took a major step forward with recognizing massage as an accepted approach to pain management. The state passed a new law that requires the Department of Health to develop and publish an online educational pamphlet on the use of non-opioid alternatives for pain, including massage therapy. The publication will need to include information about the advantages of each non-opioid approach, with references on its efficacy.
AMTA applauds the foresight of this legislature which will make a difference in how the residents of Florida view their options for pain care and management, with a clear endorsement of massage therapy.
AMTA continues to engage with health organizations, and federal and state agencies to discuss how the latest science supports massage therapy an alternative to opioids for pain management.