Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic's Integrative Medicine and Health 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.

Expertise and rankings

Since 2002, Mayo Clinic has been a leader in integrating massage therapy into the hospital experience. Mayo researchers have performed multiple studies proving the safety and benefit of massage therapy for many different types of surgeries and procedures.

Because hospital patients may have surgical wounds and medical equipment attached to them — such as intravenous lines or chest drains — Mayo Clinic has developed a training program to prepare massage therapists for this type of work.

Each year, medical professionals at Mayo Clinic provide inpatient and outpatient massage to thousands of people dealing with problems ranging from a cancer diagnosis to a sports injury.

Learn more about research in Mayo Clinic's Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program.

Learn more about the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

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Clinical trials

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Nov. 07, 2018
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