Massage therapy and related services have been used for relaxation and management of health issues for thousands of years.
Throughout that time, methods and styles have changed. There are many interesting facts about this growing industry as we know it today. This includes these 2018 stats from the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) and other sources that include:
- Government statistics
- Consumer surveys
- Practitioner surveys
- Recent clinical studies
Statistics about the growth of the massage therapy industry
Research showed that the industry was worth $18 billion in 2018, while in 2005 estimates showed that it would be worth $6 to $11 billion. Surveys between July 2017 and July 2018 showed that a rough estimate of 47.5 – 63.6 million American adults got at least one massage. The popularity of this therapy is gaining momentum in the medical realm, with more healthcare professionals suggesting this therapy as a complementary treatment.
There are about 300 massage therapy programs and schools in the United States that have accreditation by a national accrediting group. Professional therapists continue learning, with many taking and 21 hours of continuing education on average.
Professional and career information
According to the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®), therapists are likely to enter the industry for a second career. Professionals are more likely to be female rather than male and work as sole practitioners. Average earnings were estimated to be $58 an hour. According to AMTA®, 42% of therapists would like more massage work and 45% earn income in a separate profession.
Consumer statistics about the massage industry
AMTA’s 2018 Consumer Survey showed that 31% of American adults received at least one massage in the past five years. Of the consumers surveyed, 33% received therapy in a spa setting. As far as reasons for getting this therapy, 62% of people surveyed noted medical and health concerns like pain management and overall wellness.
- 88% agreed that this therapy was effective for their pain management
- 48% received massages for stiffness, spasms, and soreness
- 66% received them for stress reduction and general relaxation
Massage therapy and healthcare practitioners
As of July 2018, about 50 million adult Americans had discussed massage therapy with a healthcare professional in the previous year. Of that number, 47% were referred or recommended to see a therapist. Physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists were among those professionals.
It is understandable by looking at these stats that consumers would prefer their health insurance to cover massage therapy services. Also, 95% of therapists agree that their services should be included in the healthcare industry.
The benefits of massage therapy
This therapy offers a variety of benefits that depend on the method you choose as well as other factors. For example, Swedish massage will give you different benefits from cupping or deep tissue therapy. Here are some conditions and issues that working with a professional can help treat.
- Sciatica pain
- Prenatal pain and muscle soreness
- High blood pressure symptoms
- General stress
- Side effects from psychological conditions
- Sports injuries
- Skin conditions
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Restless leg syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Massage therapy in Austin, TX
If you are interested in receiving massage services in Austin, contact the professionals at Zen Deep Therapy today. All of our Therapists are trained and focused on providing the most beneficial services possible. This includes Acupuncture, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and Cupping.