Who Gets Massaged?

Ever wonder who else is getting massaged, and why?  Whether you've been making regular massage a part of your wellness routine for some time, or are considering getting your first massage after a period of stress, you might be interested to find out how you compare to the average massage consumer.

According to the 2010 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet, 22 percent of Americans received a massage between July 2008 and July 2009.  Of that group, 32 percent of them received massage for health or medical reasons.  In fact, 39 million Americans have spoken with their doctors or health care providers about receiving massage, up 5 percent from the previous year.  And physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists all increasingly recommend massage for their patients.  Over two thirds of massage therapists report receiving referrals from healthcare providers in the same period.

The therapeutic benefit of massage for specific health conditions is a major topic of research.  Recent research has shown effectiveness for the following conditions:

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Low back pain.
  • Reducing post-operative pain.
  • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning.
  • Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lowering blood pressure.
  • Reducing headache frequency.
  • Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

As research points towards the effectiveness of massage to address chronic health concerns, health care professionals and the general public are turning to massage as an alternative or complement to more expensive treatments or those with unwanted side-effects.  People are also increasingly using massage as a tool to reduce stress and increase relaxation.  Whether you are looking for help with an ongoing medical issue or need some more peacefulness in your life, Massage Williamsburg therapists are well-trained to create a tailored session that combines medical based massage with the healing benefits of being relaxed.

You can read more about the American Massage Therapy Associations findings - including information about who's practicing, education and regulation of massage therapists, and references to massage therapy research - on the AMTA website at http://www.amtamassage.org/news/MTIndustryFactSheet2010.html.