Did you know massage is probably the oldest and simplest form of healthcare?
• It is depicted in Egyptian tomb paintings.
• It is mentioned in ancient Chinese, Japanese, and Indian texts.
• The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates describes the practice of anatripis or “rubbing up.”
Massage is scientifically shown to be effective treatment for the following conditions:
• Cancer-related fatigue
• Chronic low back pain
• Frequent headaches
• Post-operative pain
Therapeutic massage is increasingly being promoted by healthcare providers to their patients
• More than 54 million American adults (17%) report discussing massage therapy with their doctors or health care providers.
• Of those 17% who discussed massage with their doctor or healthcare provider, 71% of their doctors or health care providers strongly recommended or encouraged massage.
• More than half of massage therapists (63%) receive referrals from healthcare professionals.
Massage is beneficial for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly
• Babies fall asleep faster when massaged than when rocked, and they stay asleep rather than waking the moment Mom tiptoes away.
• When massaged regularly, children suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and autism experienced decreased pain, decreased anxiety, and decreased inattentiveness.
• Massage therapy can help to partially restore mobility to the elderly afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and arthritis, and can also reduce levels of anxiety, depression, and the effects of loneliness.