Hospitals are increasingly using massage and other complementary therapies.

Hospital massage therapist Karen Fink is profiled in the June 30 issue of The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

“[Fink] believes that some of the appeal of hands-on therapy is in the time a practitioner spends with a patient and in the importance of touch to healing,” the newspaper notes. “‘There’s a real connection with the practitioner, it’s one-on-one, there’s touch and nurturing,’ she said.”

The article also details the work of Fink’s colleague, chiropractor Lori Christian, and mentions acupuncture as a remedy for low-back pain.

“Fink [and Christian] cite two main reasons that people are more satisfied with hands-on treatments: because they are effective, and because more people today want drug-free pain treatment today,” the newspaper notes.