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Spreading the Word: Massage Therapy Helps Aging U.S. Population

AMTA coverage in CNBC and other news outlets demonstrates the efficacy of massage for aging populations.

By incorporating massage into a regular health care regimen, many older adults find a better quality of life and additional relief from a multitude of health issues.

Aging Populations

“The aging of both the silent and boomer generations call for an increased focus on improving and prolonging quality of life in this population,” said Nancy M. Porambo, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “While integrating massage therapy into a health and wellness plan is useful for all ages, it holds particular value in the growing elder population.”

  • The oldest part of the population is the most rapidly increasing segment of the American public.
  • AMTA's 18th annual Consumer Survey found that approximately 9 million people over the age of 55 had a total of 39 million massages in the previous 12 months.

The Health Benefits of Massage

  • Wellness: Regularly receiving massage has been shown to promote relaxation and stability while helping temper the effects of dementia, high-blood pressure and osteoarthritis.
  • Chronic Pain: Incorporation of massage therapy into care routines has been demonstrated to help treat chronic pain, particularly in joints, such as the shoulder or knee, while also improving stability and posture.
  • Hospice: Research also shows that massage therapy provides clinical benefits to hospice patients, such as decreased pain and improved quality of life.

Get the full details in our latest Research Roundup »

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