A significant rise in massage therapy use in BC can be attributed to higher educational standards, extensive research studies proving the efficacy of massage therapy, and an overall increase in public interest in non-surgical and drug-free treatment options. In British Columbia, over 75 percent of medical physicians regularly refer their patients to a Registered Massage Therapist.
A survey of nearly 2000 BC massage therapy patients showed that:
* 77% believed that massage therapy was highly effective
* 95% thought the treatments improved their conditions
* 49% said massage therapy let them stop or reduce drug or medical treatment
The most current research suggests that there is a direct link between our physical well-being and our mental or emotional state, which can be positively affected by massage therapy. Research also supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach in injury management and rehabilitation, as well as part of a preventative care program.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can often make sense of illnesses that Western medicine has difficulty treating. In cases where Western medicine may be limited to prescribing medication for symptom management, acupuncture may be able to intervene and encourage the body’s self-healing process. The benefits of acupuncture have become widely recognized and integrated with mainstream healthcare. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is currently the fastest growing medical modality in the United States.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize acupuncture’s effectiveness for many common disorders.