Emerging research on massage therapy continues to expand knowledge of its benefits for a variety of health conditions, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Recent studies reinforce evidence for the efficacy of massage therapy for pain, fatigue and anxiety, which millions of Americans are experiencing.
In a July 2018 national survey, 31 percent of adult Americans indicated they had received a massage from a massage therapist in the previous five years. Of those, who had a massage in the previous 12 months, 67 percent of those surveyed claimed the primary reason for receiving their last massage was medical (41 percent) or stress (26 percent) related.
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Individuals should consult with a qualified, professional massage therapist to determine the best massage therapy approach for their specific needs. American Massage Therapy Association massage therapists meet or exceed state education requirements, ascribe to a code of ethics and participate in continuing education. They can create specialized massage approaches based on individual conditions, fitness and goals.
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