“Americans Turn To Massage Therapy”

More than one of six Americans gets a massage each year, according to an annual survey released by the American Massage Therapy Association.

Increasingly, Americans are looking to massage therapy for medical reasons (30 percent) such as injury recovery, pain reduction, headache control and overall health and wellness.

The survey found:

Men and respondents 65 and older are especially likely to get massages for medical/health-care reasons.

Women indicated massage therapy was their first choice when asked “What gave you the greatest relief from pain?” (24 percent versus 22 percent who chose medications as their No. 1 pain-relief choice).

Men placed medications first (24 percent) and massage second (19 percent).

The number of people who indicated having their massage paid for by an insurance company or a co-pay doubled from 5 percent last year to 10 percent this year.




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