Friday 15 December 2017

Wall Street Journal article recognizes massage as medicine

I read the news today, oh boy…. about multiple research projects being conducted acknowledging massage as a legitimate form of medicine.  To be more specific, 2.7 million dollars worth of research in 2011. Up from $1.5 million in 2002.  I’ve highlighted some important facts below, or click on the link to view the entire article. VERY interesting.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304537904577277303049173934.html

  • about 8.3% of Americans received a massage in 2007, up from 5% in 2002.
  • Massage therapists charge an average of $59 an hour for massages.
  • There are over 90,000 nationally certified massage therapists and massage therapy is estimated to be a $10 billion to $11 billion industry.
  • People who received one of two types of massage- one relaxing, the other more targeted- once a week for 10 weeks had less pain and disability than those who didn’t receive massage, in a study of 401 people with low back pain published last year.  Some of the benefits lasted more than 9 months after the last treatment.

 



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