are being incorporated into pain management programs of hospitals and health care organizations. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has suggested massage therapy as one means to manage pain without use of pharmaceuticals.
According to a recent American Hospital Association survey about their use of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapies, among the 1,007 hospitals responding, nearly 82 percent of the hospitals offering CAM therapies included massage therapy among their health care offerings -- with more than 70 percent utilizing massage therapy for pain management and relief. In a recent consumer survey commissioned by
for the purpose of relieving pain.
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Consider recent clinical research on the efficacy of massage specifically for pain relief:
· Massage therapy promotes relaxation and alleviates the perception of pain and anxiety in cancer patients.
· Massage therapy reduces post-traumatic headaches better than cold pack treatments.
· A pilot study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that massage, as part of hospital-based surgery treatment, reduces pain and muscle spasms in patients who have undergone heart bypass surgery.
· Massage stimulates the brain to produce endorphins.
How does massage relieve pain?
· A simple and direct strategy: working from the external, outer mechanisms of pain to the primary, root cause.
· Focuses on the entire body system and its relationship to soft tissue – not solely on the site of pain.
Overall benefits of massage for pain relief
· Helps patients become more aware of their bodies and the sources of
· Better familiarizes patients with the pain they experience.
· Has an impact on the patient by virtue of human touch.
· Improves confidence by encouraging patients to effectively cope with their pain.
massage therapy, wants to help navigate the process of linking pain specialists with massage
therapists. Finding a qualified massage therapist is paramount; only 33 states and the District of Columbia regulate the profession of massage therapy. AMTA helps consumers and other healthcare professionals locate an AMTA member massage therapist. See Jill Scott’s AMTA professional profile here: http://www.amtamassage.org/famt/JillScott or 1-888-THE-AMTA.