Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world it has been around over 2000 years. Today, people use many different types of massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes. According to a 2007 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 18 million U.S. adults and 700,000 children had received massage therapy in the previous year.
People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.
Research supports the general conclusion that massage therapy is effective for a wide variety of ailments. Studies suggest that a single session of massage therapy can reduce "state anxiety" (a reaction to a particular situation), blood pressure, heart rate, and multiple sessions can reduce "trait anxiety" (general anxiety-proneness), depression, and chronic pain.
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