AMTA 2016 Consumer Survey: Massage for Medical Conditions


The AMTA 2016 Consumer Survey results show that consumers are turning to massage therapy to assist with medical conditions.

Massage Therapy for Regular Health Maintenance

78 percent of individuals surveyed claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (50 percent) or stress (28 percent) related, according to the 20th annual consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association. Medical reasons include pain relief, soreness, stiffness or spasms, injury recovery, migraines, prevention, pregnancy or pre-natal, and general well-being.

  • 88 percent of individuals view massage as being beneficial to overall health and wellness.
  • 89 percent of consumers surveyed believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain; with 28 percent of respondents stating they have used massage therapy for pain relief.
  • The overall mean (excluding none) was 3.8 massages for those receiving massage in past 12 months.
  • Overall mean (excluding none) was 10.2 massages for those receiving massage in past 5 years

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