Massage Therapy as an Alternative to Opioids

IMG_0643May 17, 2017

Prescription opioids can be used to treat moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury, or for health conditions such as cancer. Opioids carry serious risk of addiction, abuse, and overdose, in addition to a number of side effects, even when taken as directed. According to the Centers for Disease Control, deaths from prescription opioids—drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone—have more than quadrupled since 1999.

For that reason, a number of health organizations are seriously looking at alternative ways to manage pain.

In the past year, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has been actively engaged with several organizations and agencies regarding massage therapy for pain and specifically as an alternative to opioids.

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Dorothy Ruggiero, LMT, CHC has been a Professional Member of AMTA since 1994

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