According to the American Massage Therapy Association, 61% of Physicians recommended massage therapy to their patients in 2012. That number is significantly up from 52% in 2011. Why are more physicians recommending massage therapy today more than ever? Massage therapy is more commonly being used as a CAM (Complimentary Alternative Therapy) as part of an integrated healthcare plan for patients.
Therapeutic massage helps manage pain and stress; improves circulation, flexibility and speeds recovery time after medical procedures increasing the overall satisfaction with the level of medical care patients receive.
In the 75+ years they have been in existence, the American Massage Therapy Association has adopted 12 position statements that are backed up by peer-reviewed research published in credible medical journals. Those statements are:
· Massage therapy can help improve sleep.
· Massage therapy is a beneficial part of an integrative treatment plan for fibromyalgia.
· Massage therapy can be effective for low back pain.
· Massage can reduce symptoms of depression.
· Massage therapy is beneficial for those who exercise.
· Massage therapy can be effective for tension headaches.
· Massage can aid in pain relief.
· Massage therapy can improve quality of life for those in hospice and palliative care.
· Massage therapy may benefit newborns.
· Massage therapy can be a valuable component of a wellness program.
· Massage therapy can relieve stress.
All of these position statements, including the journal references to support them, can be accessed online.
In addition, there are over 1000 articles about massage therapy indexed on PubMed. The Massage Therapy Foundation (www.massagetherapyfoundation.org) has many research links as well.
If you or your physician have any questions regarding massage therapy please call Tree of Life Massage at 505-205-9910 and we can help you understand how massage can benefit you and your healthcare needs. We have Albuquerque Licensed Massage therapists who are certified to practice massage therapy in the state of New Mexico and registered with the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy.