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December 2, 2004

Massage Cures?

Is it possible that massage therapy is more effective in healing than we realize? More hospitals are integrating massage into their patient care and doctors are becoming aware of massage benefits and recommending it to their patients.

Massage is currently the most common nontraditional therapy offered in U.S. hospitals, according to an American Hospital Association survey in 2003.

Doctors, nurses and patients who have seen massage in action say that even if the benefits can't be demonstrated by large clinical studies, the anecdotal evidence is powerful.

Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, director of UCLA's East-West Center in Santa Monica, Calif., goes further: "Massage is a very important therapeutic approach which is underutilized and underappreciated. A lot of people think massage is good for aches and pains. But what we have found is that massage activates the body's own healing system."

Hui does not believe massage is a panacea. Nor does he believe it can replace surgery or medications. But he does believe it is "an important frontline approach for a lot of chronic problems, or prevention of chronic problems."

Posted by linda at December 2, 2004 8:14 AM

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