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Massage Therapy: Facts & Figures

Did you know?

  1. The mouth, hands and feet are the areas of the body with the highest concentration of touch receptors.
  2. A study by the Laboratory of Clinical Neurophysiology found that endorphin levels are increased for an hour after connective tissue massage.
  3. A study from 2005 found that massage therapy on healthy people resulted in a 20% to 40% decrease in the severity of soreness compared with no treatment in the same individuals.
  4. Sick days cost businesses in Ireland and the Irish economy almost half a billion Euro a year. The costs of replacing staff and rescheduling almost double this figure. One way we can combat sickness is to boost our immune system functions. Massage is an immune system strengthener. The positive effects of massage therapy on immune function is well documented. Massage therapy could save the economy millions.
  5. 30% of workers in developed countries suffer from occupational stress. In the United States, up to 24% of people receive at least one massage per year. Massage is an effective remedy for stress.
  6. Babies Depend on Touch for Survival. Children that do not receive parental touch develop physical and mental problems.
  7. Prenatal massage reduces prematurity, low birth weight and postpartum depression.
  8. Massage therapists have an average of 665 hours of initial training. The vast majority of massage therapists (92 percent) have taken continuing education classes. Massage therapists take an average of 21 hours of continuing education per year.
  9. Eighty-nine percent of massage therapy patients agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain

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