U.S. World & News Report: Massage as Medicine


AMTA recently worked with U.S. News & World Report on an article describing the many health benefits of massage therapy and how to find a qualified massage therapist.

Massage for Health and Wellness

"...many people are seeking relief from a more serious condition, says AMTA member Winona Bontrager, a licensed massage therapist who runs the Lancaster School of Massage in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Some have cancer; studies have shown massage helps lessen these patients’ pain and fatigue while elevating mood. Many of Bontrager'a clients struggle with anxiety and depression, which researchers have noted can be reduced through massage therapy. And she also sees clients with disorders and diseases as diverse as fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (commonly called "TMJ”) and irritable bowel syndrome. They, too, find relief through massage.

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Kim K., AMTA member since 2003

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