IMTRC: Hospital-Based Massage Therapy: Improving the Quality of Life for Patients

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In this session, examine how massage therapy can help with quality of life challenges for hospitalized patients affected by chronic and serious illness, including improving the inpatient environment and relieving stress. Discover how massage reduced anxiety levels and increased satisfaction in pre-operative surgical patients.

The Massage Therapy Foundation’s International Massage Therapy Research Conferences are designed to bring together an engaged community of thought leaders, educators, therapists, and allied health practitioners to discuss massage therapy research.  This session was originally presented in 2022.  For more information, please visit the Massage Therapy Foundation.


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss how massage therapy can help hospitalized patients.
  • Describe the benefits of hand massage to aid patients with anxiety.
  • Identify how these modalities can benefit massage therapy patients.

About the author(s)

Hunter Groninger, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Director of the Section of Palliative Care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Scientific Director for Palliative Care at the MedStar Health Research Institute. He has also served as a Master Facilitator with the Education for Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Program at Northwestern University. His research interests include palliative care delivery in cardiovascular medicine, innovative symptom management strategies, language and word choice in complex communication and the medical humanities.

Jennifer Hauschulz, BCTMB is a massage therapist and instructor of medicine for Integrative Health and Medicine at Mayo Clinic. She is also the Associate Program Director for Mayo Clinic’s Hospital-Based Massage Therapy course and has been published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB), Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, and Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

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This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.


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