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Massage Therapy Profession Stats

Nationwide, employment for Massage Therapists is expected to increase by 24% from 2016-2026 – Occupational Outlook Handbook

Consumers visit massage therapists 230 million times each year.

43% of Americans receiving massage reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness.

88% of consumers agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.

Between July 2012 and July 2013, roughly 35 million Americans had a massage at least once.

More than 50 million American adults have discussed massage therapy with their doctors or health care providers in the previous year.

The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Reducing post-operative pain
  • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
  • Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing headache frequency
  • Easing alcohol withdrawing symptoms
  • Decreasing pain in cancer patients
  • Fibromyalgia

Sources: AMTA 2014 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet and ABMP 2014 Massage Therapy Fast Facts