Massage therapy's role in integrative health care has become widely accepted in major hospitals and in daily medical practice. In addition, a wealth of research has shown the impact of massage therapy for pain management and relief. With this mind, AMTA has published a new educational tool: "Massage Therapy in Integrative Care & Pain Management" to provide research demonstrating massage therapy's value and efficacy.
In Part 1, this document offers a review of literature on the efficacy of massage therapy, and examines how it's used by the American consumer. Research demonstrating massage therapy's impact on a range of health issues, and case studies of how it's applied across various health care settings are also included.
As the United States struggles with an epidemic of opioid use and its devastating effects on lives, society and the economy, it's important to consider the role massage therapy can play in pain management. Part 2 explores an economic model for massage therapy as a first line approach and an integrated complement to other non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches, looking at how its use could assist in the overall reduction of medical costs and help to avoid dependence on opioids.
This publication can be used to inform conversations with legislators, insurance companies, collaborators in the health care profession as well as clients and colleagues about the current science behind massage therapy and its role in an integrative approach to care.
Access this new educational tool: "Massage Therapy in Integrative Care & Pain Management"