MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Many medical studies have demonstrated that massage therapy has an overall positive impact on patients with a wide-range of medical problems. With this in mind, Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) has provided the therapy since 2007 through the hospital’s Division of Integrative Medicine and has now developed a unique partnership with the Cortiva Institute’s School of Massage Therapy to expand the availability of massage therapy services for hospitalized and walk-in patients.
“Research has shown that massage therapy can help decrease patients’ pain, fatigue, stress, anxiety and nausea,” said Paula O’Neill, MS, RN-BC, co-director of RBMC’s division of integrative medicine. “Massage therapy has also been proven effective in decreasing labor pain and anxiety.”
Through this partnership the medical center is now offering massage therapy sessions to patients provided by clinically-supervised Cortiva student volunteers who can fulfill their clinical educational requirements in a hospital environment. Additionally, staff from both institutions is collecting data on the effects of massage on patients. “This is a wonderful collaboration that benefits RBMC and Cortiva, but most importantly, it benefits patients by decreasing pain and anxiety associated with their treatment,” said Elaine S. Poinsett, faculty member at Cortiva, Wall, NJ.
In addition to the therapy sessions provided by the students extended massage therapy sessions may be scheduled, for a fee, at RBMC for hospitalized patients and on an outpatient basis. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the division of integrative medicine at (732) 324-4700, ext. 5861.
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