The massage community, and everyone that supports and uses massage, owes a great debt of gratitude to the authors of a new paper on the safety and effectiveness of massage in the treatment of a myriad of medical conditions. This paper was a Herculean effort carried out and submitted to the Office of the Insurance commisioner on behalf of the massage community  to defend massage as safe and effective treatment in a medical environment.  The Affordable Care Act requires each state to formulate and implement a plan to create a healthcare exchange.  This research was compiled in an effort to secure the inclusion of massage in these future health care exchanges.

If you are a massage therapist please consider making a contribution to the Massage Therapy Foundation. If you are a massage therapist in Washington state and are not a member of the AMTA-WA please consider joining and getting involved with keeping and strengthening massage as an integral part of medical and wellness care in the state of Washington.  As far as I can tell no other group is working this hard in our state for our profession.

Many thanks to all involved with this project.

Click Here to see the document in its entirety.

Project funded by American Massage Therapy Association-WA

Massage and the affordable care act

Massage and the Affordable Care Act

Project Coordinators: Marybeth Berney, LMP, President, AMTA-WA
Diana L Thompson, LMP, Past President, Massage Therapy Foundation

The Authors:

Marissa Brooks, MPH, LMP
Michael Hamm, LMP, CCST
Benjamin Erkan, BA
Diana L Thompson, LMP, Past President, Massage Therapy Foundation
Kenneth Pfaff, HFWLS, HPCUHGS, Head Librarian, The Grotto Library