Massage Therapy and Pain Relief

AMTA is Leading the Conversation on Massage Therapy and Pain Relief

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. For pain relief, many people have turned to prescription opioids, which carry a serious risk of addiction, abuse, and overdose, in addition to several side effects.

For this reason, health organizations and governmental agencies are looking at new ways to manage pain. Massage therapy is a safe and effective option.

As your nonprofit professional association serving massage therapists, AMTA is proud to be leading the conversation on massage therapy as an alternative to opioids for pain relief. We are dedicated to this issue, investing membership dollars back into the profession for research, advocacy and promotion of massage for pain management. Learn more about The Nonprofit AdvantageTM

Further demonstrating our leadership on this important issue, AMTA won a 2019 ASAE Gold Circle Award for the Advocacy Campaign: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic with Massage Therapy.

Gain a better understanding of massage therapy as part of the solution for pain relief through current research and AMTA’s NCBTMB-approved online CE courses.

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Massage Therapy as Part of Holistic Approach to Care

Massage therapy's role in integrative health care has become widely accepted in major hospitals and medical practices. There is significant evidence supporting the inclusion of massage therapy for many important patient health conditions, including those for chronic pain management, behavioral health treatment, rehabilitation and physical training, and acute medical conditions.

AMTA’s report, Massage Therapy in Integrative Care demonstrates massage therapy's impact on a range of health issues and features case studies of how it is applied in health care settings.

Access your copy of Massage Therapy in Integrative Care and Pain Management

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Research That Makes an Impact 

As an AMTA member, you have access to research and references. Your member dues help make this research possible, and it is given right back to you.  Empower your massage therapy practice with evidence and information to explain the health benefits of massage to your clients.

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. In many cases, pain may be better addressed through an integrative approach. Research supports massage therapy for pain relief, anxiety and improving health-related quality of life. Stay up to date on the latest research to better assist your clients. 

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Where massage therapy has been proven effective, it can reduce overall opioid addiction rates in the United States by about 111,137 people.

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. 

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Massage Therapy CE Courses for Pain Relief

Helping Clients Manage Migraines 

$37.00 members / $62.00 nonmembers    3.0 CE credits

Learn how massage therapy can help clients who suffer from migraine headaches and special considerations to keep in mind. Get detailed information on migraine types, phases, triggers, symptoms and common approaches to best help your clients.

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Lower Back Pain and the Role of Massage Therapy 

$37.00 members / $62.00 nonmembers    2.5 CE credits

Explore the populations impacted by lower back pain, as well as, specific types, causes and structures involved. Get descriptions of conventional and surgical treatments, and learn how massage therapy can make a difference.

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Massage Therapy for Postoperative Pain

$37.00 members / $62.00 nonmembers    2.5 CE credits

Gain an understanding of postoperative pain, traditional protocols for helping relieve it, and how massage therapy can be used to help patients better manage this type of pain. Learn about specific surgeries, common types of postoperative pain, and when massage therapy is contraindicated.

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Make an Impact

As an AMTA member, you are making an impact. Connect with health care providers in your area and share the benefits of massage and how it can help their patients.

Share with Your Community 

AMTA members can download the Massage Therapy and Pain Management one-page PDF to share with health care providers and potential clients. There is a space at the bottom of the document for you to add your practice and contact information. Make sure health care providers and potential clients can connect with you later to continue the conversation. 

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Additional Resources

25 Reasons to Get a Massage »

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week »

Massage Therapy: A Better Solution »


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Karen T., AMTA member since 2002