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Massage Therapy Viewed as Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) In Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

16 Apr 2013

Massage therapy offers a variety of modalities of whether it is Eastern, Western or psycho-cognitive. What was once viewed as alternative treatments are now being viewed as a type of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The medical profession, the insurance industry, and the public as they gain more information and education, are seeing the benefits and applications of massage therapy as another health care approach for the future. Doctors are increasingly seeing massage as effective and are ordering it as a therapeutic modality. 

Massage as a treatment option is being used in massage physical therapy and rehabilitation programs. Massage has been found to particularly help patients with muscle spasms and tightened muscles. Common problems that occur with injuries, illnesses, or recent surgeries is getting the area to experience increased circulation, reduced swelling, and controlling pain. Patients are touting the benefits they have received from working with therapeutic massage therapists. Nurses are happy to have additional hands to share the workload and are relieved to get the extra help. Massage helps to relax the patients and reduce stress.

There are many different massage techniques that can be used. Generally, the massage therapist presses and manipulates the body’s muscles and soft tissues. Massage can help people to get started with their physical therapy sessions as it enhances their ability to relax and puts them in a good mood. It can also help relieve pain, and help to address the depression and anxiety they may be feeling due to their injury or illness. It can also help to support healing and reducing the amount of time needed for recovery of the areas being addressed through physical therapy. Massage therapy can be used as a complementary medicine for a host of health situations including chronic pain, specific conditions and diseases or simply general wellness.

Massage as a supportive physical therapy technique is just one more area where bodywork professionals are finding employment opportunities in hospital and traditional medical facility settings.  If you are interested in providing massage therapy in such an environment, consider adding hospital massage and other therapeutic techniques to your bodywork toolkit. 







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