The number of medical facilities employing massage therapists is growing, and as massage grows in popularity, therapists in private practice increasingly see clients with medical conditions. In fact, new research shows that about six of every 10 people in the United States age 18 and older have at least one chronic medical condition.
A chronic condition is one that can be expected to last at least one year and result in limitations or the need for ongoing medical care.
For example, in 2005 about 22 million Americans received medical care for osteoarthritis and related conditions, 49 million for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 17 million for diabetes, 45 million for high blood pressure, and 19 million for heart disease, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
AHRQ is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and works to enhance the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care in the United States.
For more information see “Medical Massage: A Growing Specialty,” by Sandy Fritz, Leon Chaitow and Glenn M. Hymel in MASSAGE Magazine‘s July issue.