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Posted on: July 7, 2017

 Massage Therapists and After Care Treatment Plans

Massage Therapy: A New Way to Heal

Massage therapy is quickly moving outside the realm of "alternative treatment" to the forefront of medical treatment and rehabilitation. New research suggests that doctors realize the many benefits of therapeutic touch in treating physical and mental ailments and are integrating massage therapists into medical treatment plans. It is widely known that massage is helpful for sore muscles but now it is often becoming a part of post-surgical treatment plans. For example, many doctors suggest massage for pain management after surgery instead of prescribing potentially addictive narcotic drugs to patients. Massage has benefits for elderly patients, as well. Steve Olson, a professional massage therapist and former president of the American Massage Therapy Association, states that massage therapy helps elderly patients feel more connected to others and can prevent muscle deterioration. 

A psychologist or psychiatrist may also be interested in integrating massage therapists into medical treatment plans. There have been many studies that describe the many benefits of massage in patients with mental disorders or learning disabilities, such as autism. One such study demonstrated that children with autism that were treated with massage became more social, had less anxiety, and experienced an improvement in sensory impairment over time. Other studies on children and adults with ADHD showed that massage treatment reduced levels of hyperactivity and depression. 

Massage affects both the body and the mind of the patient and has the potential to provide healing, both mentally and physically. Progressive doctors understand the holistic benefits of massage and are beginning to incorporate it into treatment along with traditional methods such as medication. They understand that a massage therapist can play a key role in a patient's healing process and guide them toward a successful recovery.

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