Use of massage therapy reduces among men: AMTA survey

July 23, 2017

There have been a growing number of people in recent years seeking massage as part of health care and an increase in physician referrals to massage therapists. Because of this trend and a steadily rising number of massage therapists working in health care environments, this year's AMTA convention includes educational sessions on massage for the relief of pain stemming from a variety of causes, as well as for pregnancy, sports injuries and cancer. The vast majority of Americans, 86 percent, still agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain, a number that has held strong from 2009, while 84 percent agree massage can be beneficial for health and wellness. More than half of the men and women surveyed said they have had a massage to relieve pain.

Americans Still See the Benefits of Massage, Particularly Those Who are Stressed

About 40 percent of stressed out Americans are getting massages to relieve their stress, which has increased from 32 percent in 2009.

"Stress, among other factors, is a popular reason why people get massage," says Miller-Read. "In a year where the economy is such a stress inducer, AMTA is pleased that people are increasingly turning to massage for stress relief."

Source : AMTA