AMTA is shaping the consumer/patient experience, including advancing a growing area of research regarding how massage therapy can reduce or prevent the need for opioids, mitigating overuse. Americans are now more likely to die of an opioid overdose than of a car crash.
Five million people within the United States could benefit from massage therapy for pain management, reducing the number of individuals addicted to opioids by 111,000 per year. Massage therapy is part of the solution. National Institutes of Health funded research supports the inclusion of massage therapy as a nonpharmacologic alternative to opioids and is part of guidelines issued by The Joint Commission as well as the American College of Physicians among other organizations.
More than 325,000 massage therapists in the United States provide essential services to millions of patients/clients, both to improve general health and well-being and to treat specific ailments and medical needs. For many patients, massage therapy is a key component of pain management, as well as overall health and wellness.
Pain Management Resources
- Consumer Views and Use of Massage Therapy
- Massage Therapy In Integrative Care & Pain Management
- Health Effects of Massage for Pain Management