Massage Information For Consumers

Massage Information For Consumers

What should someone expect during a​ massage?

- The massage therapist will ask questions about what prompted you to​ get a​ massage.
- The massage therapist will want background information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels and any painful areas.
- The massage therapist will ask what your health goals are and will discuss how massage may help you achieve those goals.
- During a​ one-on-one massage, you will be asked to​ remove clothing to​ your level of​ comfort. Clothing is​ not removed during “chair” massages.

Consumers also should consider the following tips to​ help them find a​ massage therapist who is​ trained and qualified.

- Are you licensed to​ practice massage? (35 states have passed legislation to​ regulate massage therapy)
- Are you a​ member of​ the American Massage Therapy Association?
- Are you Nationally Certified in​ Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork?

Massage May Help Ease Your Pain

Millions of​ Americans are all too familiar with pain. There can be countless trips to​ the doctor or​ chiropractor, pain medications, sleepless nights and the burden of​ making it​ through the day while enduring pain.

Have you tried massage?

A recent survey by the American Hospital Association shows that nearly 82 percent of​ hospitals that use some form of​ complementary or​ alternative care use massage therapy, with 70 percent of​ those hospitals using massage for pain management and pain relief.

A consumer survey commissioned by the American Massage Therapy Association? (AMTA) reveals that more people than ever are seeking massage to​ manage and relieve pain. The survey shows that nearly half, 47 percent, of​ those polled have had a​ massage specifically for pain relief.

A 2018 survey of​ 1,998 massage clients showed that 63 percent believed massage therapy provided them greater pain relief than chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy or​ other bodywork.

Clinical research has shown massage therapy can:

- Be more effective for chronic back pain than other complementary therapies.
- Promote relaxation and alleviate the perception of​ pain and anxiety in​ cancer patients.
- Reduce post-traumatic headaches better than cold pack treatments.
- Lessen pain and muscle spasms in​ patients who have undergone heart bypass surgery when part of​ hospital-based surgery treatment.
- Stimulate the brain to​ produce endorphins.
- Improve confidence by encouraging patients to​ effectively cope with their pain.

If you have chronic pain, talk to​ your doctor about adding massage by a​ qualified massage therapist to​ your pain management program. Finding a​ trained and qualified massage therapist is​ important, so look for a​ member of​ AMTA.

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