Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine program combines conventional medicine with complementary and integrative medicine to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Doctors and certified massage therapists at Mayo Clinic work together to coordinate a massage therapy treatment plan for an injury or condition as part of your care plan.

At Mayo Clinic, massage therapy is not just an outpatient procedure. It's also incorporated into some patients' hospital stays. Mayo Clinic researchers have found that massage therapy can reduce pain and tension in people facing or recovering from many problems, including:

  • Heart surgery
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon and rectal surgeries

Many of Mayo Clinic's massage therapists have sought additional training in techniques such as acupressure, reflexology, mobilization of scar tissue and lymphedema drainage.

Aug. 10, 2017
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