Comprehensive pain management includes massage therapy, the pressing and rubbing of sore joints and tired muscles to relieve pain and encourage relaxation. Massage is one of the oldest methods of natural healing, with ancient roots in Chinese medicine.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), scientific research proves that this alternative to acupuncture brings pain reduction and pain relief to connective tissue and layers of muscle. Many physicians, pain specialists, and physical therapists agree, citing their own professional experience.
As part of a comprehensive pain management plan, massage therapy uses a holistic approach. Instead of focusing only on the affected area, practitioners treat the entire body, including soft tissue.