Massage and Pain Relief

Massage therapy can be effective in the management of acute and chronic pain. 

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 Advantage®

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

Healthcare professionals recommend massage

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.

 

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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. 

Learn More: Promising Approaches to Pain Relief 

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Massage as an Alternative to Opioids

As the United States struggles with an epidemic of opioid use and its devastating effects on lives, society and the economy, AMTA believes it's important to consider the role massage therapy can play in relieving pain. 

A recent economic modeling analysis indicates that as many as 5 million people in the United States could potentially benefit from massage therapy for pain relief, while reducing the number of people with addiction disorder by over 100,000 per year. 

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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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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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