The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)’s House of Delegates approved two position statements, which are now official positions of the association, at the AMTA’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida September 23-26.

1. It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage can aid in pain relief.

2. It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can improve the quality of life for those in hospice and palliative care.

The AMTA House of Delegates has now approved six position statements since it first began voting on them in 2006. Proposals for AMTA position statements are developed and submitted by members according to specific guidelines and criteria. Proposals that meet all criteria are presented to the House of Delegates at its meeting that occurs during the AMTA national convention. Delegates are elected by their chapters to represent members in that state (and Washington, D.C.)

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