September is Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and it affects more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. In many cases, pain may be better addressed through an integrative approach. Massage therapy is a safe and effective option. 

Gain a better understanding of massage therapy for pain relief through current research and online CE classes.

AMTA is Leading the Conversation on Massage Therapy for Pain Management »

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AMTA's Massage Therapy in Integrative Care & Pain Management

Massage therapy's role in integrative health care has become widely accepted in major hospitals and in daily medical practice. Highlighted in this report is research demonstrating massage therapy's impact on a range of health issues, and case studies of how it's applied in health care settings.

Read the full report  »

Massage Therapy for Pain Management

Pain is the most compelling reason for an individual to seek medical attention and accounts for approximately 80 percent of physician visits. Research supports massage therapy for pain relief, anxiety and improving health-related quality of life.

Read the full Research Roundup »

Massage Therapy to Mitigate Use of Opioids

Research shows massage therapy is a realistic approach to easing many forms of pain that can either replace the use of drugs, such as opioids or work in conjunction with non-addictive medicine for pain relief. Simply using massage therapy instead of opioid medication for client conditions where massage is proven effective can reduce overall addiction rates in the United States by over 111,000 people. Read the latest research on clinical and consumer research on massage therapy for pain. 

Mitigating the Use of Opioids »

Massage Therapy for Migraines and Headaches

According to the World Health Organization, headache disorders affect half the world’s population. Research has shown that massage therapy can effectively help treat headaches, including the two most common types, migraines and tension-type headaches.

Read 8 Resources on Massage for Headaches and Migraines »

Massage Therapy CE Courses for Pain Management 

This month is a great time to explore the health benefits of massage and enhance your skills. Learn more about these AMTA Massage Therapy CE Courses during Pain Awareness Month.

  1.        Cancer and Massage Therapy
  2.        Helping Clients Manage Migraines
  3.        Lower Back Pain and the Role of Massage Therapy
  4.        Massage Therapy for Post-Operative Pain
  5.        Joint Replacements: The Patient’s Surgical Journey


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