To: The NHS

Offer Massage on the NHS

Offer Massage on the NHS

Offer patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions like muscle strains, aches and pains massage instead of medication and before more expensive, invasive and often unnecessary treatments are considered.

Why is this important?

People want Massage

As a full-time massage therapist I have treated many clients over the years that have come to me with various pains and disabilities due to MSK conditions. They don't want to waste their GP's time, take medication or wait months to see a physiotherapist. They know that massage works and would rather take that route. Sadly massage therapy is not available on the NHS because of 'a lack of funds as well as evidence that massage is effective', this despite NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines suggesting massage does in fact help certain conditions like lower back pain and sciatica.

Alarming Facts and Figures:

- NHS England spends £7-10 billion per year on MSK conditions.
- Up to 7.5 million working days are lost nationally due to ill-health related to MSK conditions.
- Up to 60% of people on long-term incapacity benefit have an MSK condition.
- Around 10% of people with an MSK condition show symptoms of depression.
- 30% of GP appointments are related to MSK conditions.
- Up to 30% of people referred to hospital for MSK problems don't need hospital treatments.

The NHS is in crisis

The NHS is cutting budgets so severely that patients' lives are put at risk. There is an increasing shortage of GPs, doctors and nurses due to a growing and ageing population needing more medical care. Added to this is a decrease in recruitment as fewer professionals want to work under these stressful conditions. As massage therapists are specifically trained to deal with MSK conditions while GPs and nurses are not, they could free up medical staff by taking on some of this workload.

Massage Works

Doctors all around the world have been using massage as a form of treatment for thousands of years, and in many countries they still do. In the UK today the general public is increasingly turning to massage therapy to treat many different health issues. Professional athletes, footballers and dancers incorporate regular massages within their healthcare routine. They know it works! So why not offer massage as a treatment option in the NHS?

Physical Benefits of Massage

My clients have benefited greatly from massage therapy. They have avoided serious hospital operations, overcome IBS when NHS medication hasn't worked and have found relief from headaches, frozen shoulders, sciatica, RSI etc. Massage has also had a positive effect when treating anxiety and sleep problems. These are just a few examples.

The Financial Argument

If massage therapy was offered together with exercises, the NHS could save a lot of GP and hospital time. It could save money currently spent on ineffective medication often causing bad side effects. It could also save money by avoiding unnecessary operations. Benefit payments could be greatly reduced by getting people back to work quicker or even keeping them at work in the first place. Last, but not least, massage is cheaper than other NHS treatments, hence massage therapy would be the best starting point when dealing with MSK conditions. So both financially and health-wise, using massage therapy in the NHS makes sense!

This is why I hope you will support my campaign to get massage treatment offered by the NHS. If you feel as strongly as I do about this, please sign my petition and share it with as many of your friends and family, work colleagues and clients as possible, especially on social media. We need as many signatures as possible, hopefully 100,000! Let's help save the NHS.

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Reasons for signing

  • I’ve been saying this for years. As a Complementary Therapist with seven years experience I know the benefits that massage, aromatherapy and Reflexology can give to people. From pain relief to enhancing wellbeing and as an anti-depressant the effects are worthy of consideration for use by the NHS.
  • Traditional healing therapies need to be re-introduced to our mainstream Health care facilities as a part of holistic wellness
  • My health has benefited from receiving massage and acupressure it works

Updates

2017-05-31 15:23:44 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-05-24 23:21:52 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-05-11 18:44:47 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-05-10 18:27:07 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-05-10 10:52:27 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-05-10 07:33:41 +0100

10 signatures reached