Arthritis is the U.S.’s leading cause of disability, striking one in five adults, according to The National Arthritis Foundation. “The number of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis is projected to increase to 67 million by 2030, and more than one-third of these adults will have limited activity as a result,” notes a report on the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
During a one-day special event, Healing Hands for Arthritis, $10 from every massage and facial performed at any of the 700 Massage Envy clinics was donated to the National Arthritis Foundation to benefit the organization’s mission to prevent, control and cure arthritis, according to a press release.
The event raised $493,000. It was held Oct. 12, which is World Arthritis Day. Murad, Massage Envy Spa’s skin-care partner, and retail partner Wyndmere also donated 10 percent of their product sales at Massage Envy Spa locations to the Arthritis Foundation.
“With the help of Massage Envy, we were able to raise nearly half a million dollars during Healing Hands for Arthritis to help fight a chronic and truly devastating disease that affects 50 million adults and 300,000 children,” said Rick Bell, managing director of the Arthritis Foundation. “We are so grateful that tens of thousands of people took action on World Arthritis Day by getting a massage or facial, because arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the nation.
“This support helps us continue to fund life-changing research and programs to improve the lives of those living with the pain of arthritis,” he added.