Outpatient Massage Therapy Program

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 18 million US adults and 700,000 children received massage therapy in the previous year (National Institute of Health, 2009). Hospitals are offering massage therapy at a growing rate and Flagstaff Medical Center recognizes that Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) such as massage therapy can promote physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. As the public and medical communities seek a more patient centered approach towards healthcare, conventional medicine and CIM can combine to benefit patients in many ways.

The licensed and specially trained massage therapists at FMC are available for all community residents. No physician order is needed to make an appointment for massage therapy at FMC. Benefits of massage therapy include reduced stress, anxiety and pain, improved circulation, improved levels of alertness, enhanced sleep patterns, release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), relaxation and increased oxygen supply. Massage can also reduce heart rate and blood pressure and increase energy and immune system activity.

  • Massage Therapy is often recommended for these conditions:
  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Paresthesias (numbness and tingling sensations) and nerve pain
  • Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress-related insomnia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Sports injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and dysfunction

Therapeutic Massage Available for Cancer Patients

The Cancer Centers of NAH (Northern Arizona Healthcare), in partnership with FMC Therapy Services, offers discounted massage therapy for cancer patients currently in treatment at their facility. Flagstaff Medical Center massage therapists are professionally trained to work with patients who are living with cancer.

The FMC massage therapists have received additional training to work with people living or recovering from cancer. We presently do have some grant funds available through the Northern Arizona Cancer Center to help those with cancer who may not be able to afford massage.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for Massage Therapy at FMC, please call (928) 773-2125.

Outpatient hours for Massage Therapy at FMC are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.