Consumers are increasingly integrating massage therapy into their regular health maintenance routines, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Pain relief and more.
According to the AMTA, health benefits in particular are a key motivator for people seeking massage for wellness, as nearly 90% of individuals perceive massage as effective in reducing pain.
Deep tissue massage, along with yoga and Pilates, can be as effective as prescription medication for the relief of back pain.
These survey results build on the foundation of research on this subject. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles report that people who received a Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can strengthen the immune system.
Further, massage for wellness has been found to:
- Treat back pain
- Reduce stiffness
- Regulate blood pressure
- Reduces stress
Hospitals on board for massage for wellness.
Hospitals are taking a cue from this growing trend. In a survey by the Samueli Institute, 42% of hospitals surveyed offered some form of complementary and alternative medicine, and of those, 64% offered massage for outpatient treatment and 44% offered it for inpatient treatment.
To learn more about the benefits of massage, read our Q&A blog on Massage for Wellness.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions, as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500.
For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs you can email our admissions department.