Inpatient Massage Therapy Program

Flagstaff Medical Center is one of a growing number of hospitals that recognizes the healing benefits of massage therapy. Massage therapy is now available at no cost to patients at FMC. Patients in the hospital can receive massage therapy with the approval of their physician. The massage will be provided in the patient’s hospital bed and tailored to his or her specific needs and medical conditions.

"After the car accident, I had a lot of muscular pain and tightness. The massage given to me while I was a patient at Flagstaff Medical Center provided great relief. Thank you!” -- Car accident victim

“Calm words and gentle touch do a lot to restore the wounded. Massage therapy is one helpful way to complement the science of medicine with humane care, to balance the technical with the art of touch and the blessing of human contact.”
-- Mark Lacy, M.D.; Flagstaff Infectious Diseases Specialist

The hospital-based massage therapy program is one service that Flagstaff Medical Center provides to ensure our patients’ comfort and well-being. Massage can reduce a patient’s feeling of isolation and promote overall general relaxation and a faster return to health.

Massage Therapy can be an excellent way to help maintain your health as well as complement other therapies you may be receiving. The benefits of therapeutic massage have been well researched and documented.

  • decrease in muscular pain (releases natural pain killers e.g. serotonin)
  • lowers heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels
  • improves muscle tone
  • prevents/delays muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity
  • promotes circulation of blood/lymph
  • increases joint mobility & flexibility
  • enhances immune function (releases natural killer cells)
  • facilitates the removal of toxic metabolic waste products

The gift of touch
Therapeutic massage is made available to inpatients at Flagstaff Medical Center through the generous donations of caring individuals. By giving to these programs through the Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation, 100 percent of your donation will go toward the program of your choice. FMC is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you would like to contribute to inpatient massage therapy and the well-being of patients, please contact the FMC Foundation at 928 773-2093. For more information about the FMC Foundation, or to give electronically, visit their Web site at

You also may mail a donation to:
FMC Foundation - Inpatient Massage Therapy Program
1200 N. Beaver Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Your thoughtful gifts in any amount are welcome to help underwrite the Inpatient Massage Therapy Program.