Massage Therapy for Pain Management

By Jenny Cheek, LMT




As humans, we inevitably find ourselves faced with a new diagnosis, a physical trauma, injury, or persistent postural issue that has become chronic - any of which cause our bodies to adapt and/or compensate. Whether significant and long-lasting, or temporary, research is proving that massage therapy is instrumental for pain relief, rehabilitation, and especially as part of a comprehensive approach to treating pain. More importantly, massage therapy, especially when included in an integrative care team for a client, can help towards reducing opioid dependency and addiction. Within the last decade, physicians are more frequently suggesting a comprehensive approach to pain management, which includes massage therapy, delivering impressive results.


As reported by an article published by AMTA, scientific studies of chronic pain and massage therapy conducted from 2012-2017 resulted in doctors finding significant contributions to pain reduction by massage therapists. Volunteers in these studies experienced chronic pain, including back pain, neck/shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, or were in hospice. Massage therapy is recognized by esteemed organizations such as the National Institute of Health (NIH), and is a non-pharmacological alternative recognized by the Joint Commission, as well as the American College of Physicians.


Supporting research article from AMTA:https://www.amtamassage.org/globalassets/documents/publications-and-research/mt_in_integrative_care_and_pain_management.pdf


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