Evidence-Informed Massage Therapy

Last month, I wrote about the ten Essential Health Benefits (EHB) listed in the Affordable Care Act. These benefits are designed to restructure the way insurance works – new policies (including the benchmark plan and the plans in the exchanges) will all have to cover these ten criteria. Some of the benefits are broad, and I wrote about how a few of them could be interpreted to include massage services. Sounds like pretty good news!

But now I have something even better to share: In a project funded by AMTA-WA, massage therapists and researchers joined together to present a document outlining how massage therapy specifically relates to three of the EHB listed in the ACA. The document includes descriptions and citations of everything you need to convince someone on the efficacy of massage.

Check it out:
Evidenced-Informed Massage Therapy: The Research Supporting Massage Therapy is an Integral Component in the Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits [PDF]

Contents of the document:
EHB (5): Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
Anxiety & Depression
Sexual Abuse Recovery & Post-Traumatic Stress

EHB (7): Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
Scars
Athletic Injury and Post-exercise Recovery
Post-Operative Recovery

EHB (9): Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
Headache
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Low Back Pain
Fibromyalgia
Cancer
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
Osteoarthritis
Emerging Evidence with High Clinical Value [other areas of wellness]

Download a copy of the PDF and share it with friends and colleagues!

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  1. Pingback: Massage Therapy Portland Oregon - Natalie Weintraub, LMT » The Value of Massage

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