House of Commons - UK Parliament
United Kingdom

We regard Therapeutic Massage as a cost effective and often cost saving therapy for many diseases and disorders in the UK today.

As a low cost and side-effect free therapy that activates the body's own healing process and reduces both physical pain and emotional suffering, it should be widely available and provided by the National Health Service and Private Health Companies.

Massage is not a luxury for an elite few, it has a valuable role to play in reducing absenteeism from work, improving mental health and reducing the financial burden on the NHS of repeat prescriptions, consultations and surgical procedures.

This petition was created by Gill Tree, founder of the UK’s leading School of Massage and Sports Massage, Essentials for Health.

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We, the undersigned believe the current barriers to affective access to massage as a therapeutic and preventative intervention need to be eliminated through improved accessibility via the National Health Service.

We call on the Department of Health to develop a prescription program whereby GP's consider and prescribe massage for their patients for conditions such as; addiction, anxiety, arthritis, back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, cerebral palsy, depression, heart conditions, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and oedema.

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