A new survey of massage therapists shows that massage therapists are ambivalent toward conventional medicine; however, many use such health care, encourage clients to do so, and see involvement of both complementary (CAM) and conventional medicine as crucial to health, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.

Members of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), the largest massage therapy association in the U.S. with more than 77,000 members, where surveyed, according to the abstract. Results were published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

“Participants were asked about their years of practice and training, choice of health care practitioners, sources for information about CAM and Western/allopathic medicine, client referral patterns, optimal treatment approaches for various medical conditions, and overall impressions of CAM and Western/ allopathic medicine,” the abstract stated.

Among the results:

• 66.9 percent of respondents had a neutral or worse impression of Western/allopathic medicine

• 64.3 percent use a conventional medicine practitioner as their primary health care provider

• 61.9 percent have referred clients to a conventional medicine practitioner in the past six months

• 90.5 percent seek out information on Western/allopathic medicine.