AMTA has worked to advance the massage therapy profession and to foster clinical research on its value and efficacy for 75 years now. During this time, a wealth of research has been produced to support the impact of massage therapy for pain management and relief, in addition to a variety of other health issues.
Massage therapy's role in integrative health care has become widely accepted in major hospitals and in daily medical practice. With this in mind, AMTA is publishing this document to highlight both the efficacy of massage therapy and its economic validity. Part 1 provides a review of literature on the value 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 in health care settings are also included.
As the United States struggles with an epidemic of opioid use and its devasting effects on lives, society and the economy, a thorough examination of the role massage therapy can play in pain management is crucial. Part 2 explores how using massage therapy as a first line approach and an integrated complement to other pharmacological approaches could assist in the overall reduction of medical costs and help to avoid dependence on opioids.
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