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‘Yes, Massage Can Cure.’

Dear Editor:Since a massage therapist wasn’t mentioned in the Los Angeles Times article “Can Massage Cure?” (Aspen Times, Dec. 23), I thought I’d speak up.The article seemed to be referring to the benefits of Swedish massage, but massage varies widely. One of the fastest-growing types of massage therapy is medical massage. In fact, a national medical massage certification now exists.Medical massage involves evaluations and treatment plans based on doctors’ diagnoses of medical conditions. Let’s apply this to the article and its headline.If you ask, “Can Massage Cure?”, and then question the medical value of massage, you should define “medicine” and “cure.” If you compare massage to conservative medicine, specifically the issuance of pharmaceutical drugs, then you are comparing apples and oranges. The use of pharmaceuticals, which is the dominant form of “medicine” in this country, attempts to mask symptoms. I have rarely heard of a pharmaceutical being used to detect the deeper causes of symptoms, much less to actually cure the individual of their deeper problems.Massage therapy is a natural form of medicine, which does not fit neatly into the pharmaceutical-dominated health-care paradigm practiced in this country.Does massage therapy relieve pain and tension? Absolutely. Do therapists often untap some of the underlying causes of symptoms? Definitely, and they should communicate these with the patient and patient’s physician.So, based on a broader paradigm of medicine, like that practiced in healthier cultures around the world, I have to answer: “Yes, Massage Can Cure!”Nina Schnippercertified medical massage therapistBasalt