Doctors Support Massage as Non-Pharmacological Intervention for Pain

In addressing the ongoing issues with opioid addiction, Peter Butt, MD, an addictions consultant for the Saskatoon Health Region in Canada, says new guidelines released in May are a clear indication that doctors should only use opioids as a last resort for people with chronic, non-cancer pain.

This means “there needs to be better access to physical therapy, massage therapy, and transcontinuous nerve stimulation,” Butt says. “A lot of non-pharmacological interventions, which aren’t readily available in the health-care system, need to be made more accessible to people that are struggling with chronic pain.”

Read the full article in the National Post here.

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