To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Ease the Journey: Massage at End of Life,” by Ann Catlin, O.T.R., L.M.T., in the July 2013 issue. Article summary: A paramount concern in hospice is alleviating pain. Massage therapists have much to contribute to ease pain and suffering on many dimensions. Physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions equally impact the quality of life.

Massage therapy is an important part of palliative care, and is utilized in many of the 5,000 hospices in the U.S. Massage therapy has been found to decrease pain, relieve fatigue and provide meaning and respite to palliative-care patients.

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