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Since 2002, Mayo Clinic has been a leader in integrating massage therapy into the hospital experience. Mayo researchers 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 complementary and integrative medicine program. Learn more about the hospital-based massage therapy course at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Aug. 10, 2017
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