About Massage/Bodywork Therapy!
Starting September 2002,
FirstHealth of Andover's professional staff have
announced they will be team-teaching at
Massachusetts. This full-semester course is entitled
“Integrative Approaches to Sports Medicine.”
This is an exciting
opportunity for everyone at FirstHealth. This
multi-disciplinary healthcare clinic is in a
position to help educate future practitioners about
Complimentary Medicine and how and when to apply
some of the different modalities offered.
While preparing some
massage therapy statistics, some
were discovered relating to how massage therapy is
becoming mainstreamed in the United States.
According to the Associated Bodywork and Massage
Professionals founded in 1987 with over 38,000
members, “there are over 140,000 trained therapists
providing massage and bodywork in the United States.
Over 950 state-approved schools (14% more schools
that there were two years ago), provide massage and
bodywork training. Consumers receive over 80,000,000
sessions annually, for which they pay more that $4
billion.” Gee, I knew I was busy!
According to an American
Massage Therapy Association survey, 17% of American
adults had a massage in the past year, twice as many
as in 1997. Of these, only about 35% are feeling
needy for medical reasons; most of them want to
relax, relieve stress, and pamper themselves.1
But for many, massage is
not simply about paying someone to help them relax.
It’s about maintaining their health. Massage has
long been part of the treatment for muscular and
arthritic conditions, sports injuries and chronic
pain. Prenatal and infant massage are also catching
on and a rape-crisis center in North Carolina even
offers massage or “safe touch” as part of its
How much difference does
massage make to your physical well being? The
National Institutes of Health is currently funding
three studies trying to quantify the medical
benefits. And in March the White House Commission on
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy
released a paper calling for more research into
massage and more public education on massage.3
“People don’t touch that
much. They’re watching TV or on the computer,” says
Dr. Paul Schwinghamer, a chiropractor and owner of a
massage school in Los Angeles. “It’s one of those
things you don’t really notice that you need. But
nine times out of 10, after a massage, you think, ‘I
should be doing this more often.” 4
(1,2,3,4; Time Magazine,
“Massage goes Mainstream” July 29, 2002 Vol. 160 No.