Beyond Opioids: Medical Massage for Pain Management
Medical massage incorporates several methods of hands-on, low-force techniques that target restrictions and pain, mostly in the soft tissues of the body. Soft tissue manual therapy improves quality of life, controls post-operative or post-procedural pain and stress, and supports mobility as well as functional recovery after injury, trauma, or surgery. Research from many medical disciplines, including osteopathic medicine, affirm the scientific effectiveness of integrative approaches like myofascial palpation & massage, verifying its capability to reduce pain, improve digestion, balance immunologic activity, and improve a host of other clinical conditions.
- 1. Identify the scientific mechanisms of action of medical massage.
- 2. Describe specific soft tissue manual therapy maneuvers that comprise medical massage.
- 3. Recount research on medical massage that provides analgesia for musculoskeletal, visceral, and neuropathic pain problems.
- 4. List the reasons to include medical massage as first-line care in veterinary medicine.