Evanston, Illinois (May 21, 2012):  The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is continuing its ongoing efforts to educate the public on the health benefits of massage therapy being supported by new research. Today the association distributed to news organizations and media outlets a Research Roundup of four recent massage therapy research studies that indicate strong benefits of massage for various health issues – the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee, inflammation after exercise, chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia.

Following up on the distribution of this information, AMTA will actively approach consumer and health media to encourage more coverage of the health benefits of massage, emphasizing significant medical conditions that can benefit from massage therapy.

“AMTA is committed to promoting massage therapy practice that is evidence informed,” says AMTA President Cynthia Ribeiro. “And, we want consumers and others in health care to understand how massage can benefit their health. The best way to communicate this to them is to show them research that will have meaning for them.”

The association has made a long-term commitment to educate the public on the health benefits of massage therapy. Recent consumer surveys conducted for AMTA indicated more people than ever receive massage therapy for health and medical reasons. Not only will this recognition by the public help the consumer, but it will enhance the ability of massage therapists to provide massage for a variety of health, wellness and relaxation purposes.

Read the Research Roundup

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.