Massage therapy can offer enormous benefits, ranging from helping to minimize the impact of chronic diseases, neurological disorders and injuries, to alleviating the stress of modern lifestyles. Useful for a variety of conditions, massage can:

  • Alleviate pain and improve range of motion
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Enhance immunity
  • Lengthen weak or tight muscles
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Help athletes prepare for and recover from training or competition
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Lesson depression and anxiety
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Enhance concentration
  • Reduce scar tissue and swelling
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce spasms and cramping

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According to the American Massage Therapy Association, a 56,000-member professional association that provides information about massage therapy to the public and works to improve the professional climate for massage therapists:

  • Over 30% of Americans seek massage for pain relief.
  • Of those who discussed massage therapy with their doctors, 52% say their doctor strongly recommended/encouraged them to get a massage.
  • 90% of Americans agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
  • 85% of people agree that massage can be beneficial to your health and wellness.

View AMTA's 2011 Consumer Survey Fact Sheet.

Massage therapy can positively impact almost every system of the body, including the skin, the muscular and skeletal systems, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, and the digestive and urinary systems. Learn more here.

From injury prevention to recovery and rehabilitation, massage therapy can enhance every part of an athlete's training program. For more information on how massage can help athletes of all abilities achieve and maintain peak performance, visit Mary Toscano Healthy Living and Holistic Online.

The Massage Therapy Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt public charity, advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service. Its website contains a searchable database with over 4,800 records, including journal citations of research studies on massage. Click here to access the database.

To review syntheses of research on Massage and Stress Reduction and Sports Massage, please visit The Massage Therapy Foundation.

The Internet Health Library has links to summaries of research studies that address the benefits of massage therapy for a variety of health issues, ranging from anxiety to respiratory tract infections. To access the links, go to.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, offers a useful background document on massage therapy, including its history, use, research status, safety considerations and references. Learn more here.