Massage For Wellness: Q&A on the Benefits of Massage

massage_school_miamiAs people discover the benefits of massage therapy, they are turning to the practice more and more to improve their mood and their health. Here are some overarching answers about the use of massage for wellness, and for the treatment of many conditions people may not be aware of.

Who gets massage?

An average of 25% of women and 10% of men—approximately 18% of adults— receive at least one massage annually, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Many of these people go to spas for their massage treatments.

Is massage important for health?

Yes. In addition to research showing massage’s therapeutic benefits, nearly 85% of massage recipients agree that massage can reduce pain and is beneficial to health. Of individuals receiving massage in the last five years, 54% did so for pain relief. Annually, 29% of adults receive massage for health or medical reasons.

Is massage good for stress?

Yes, nearly 40% of adults say they have had a massage to reduce stress or to relax.

Is massage recommended by health care providers?

Increasingly so. On an annual basis, over 39 million American adults have discussed massage therapy with their doctors or health care providers. For these individuals, 31% percent of health care providers have strongly recommended massage. Approximately 75% of massage therapists indicate they receive referrals from health care practitioners.

What health conditions can massage treat?

Massage can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, such as:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Joint disorders
  • Tension headaches
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Neck and back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Hypertension

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine. To schedule an appointment, call (305) 595-9500. And for information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs, download our course catalog here.

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