Though massage therapy is still considered a fairly new health benefit, 3B Scientific has recently noted that the industry is full of possibility and potential. There have been tremendous industry advances in the last 50 years and massage therapy is becoming an even more integrated part of the solution to an unhealthy and stressful life as the industry grows.
Below are some AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) facts about the future of massage therapy, as noted by 3B Scientific:
- Massage therapy employment opportunities are expected to rise by at least 20% between now and 2020.
- Conventional medicine combined with complimentary medicine is referred to as "integrative." In both the US and UK, there is a definite development towards a more integrated approach for the well-being of the patient. As such, from July 2012 to July 2013, over 50 million US adults discussed massage therapy with their doctor. Though this is broadly the same number as the previous year, it shows consistency in the confidence of this treatment.
- Over 62% of doctors recommended massage therapy for their patients as a supplement to conventional treatment. This is a significant increase on the 50% for the previous 12-month period and suggests a growing trend for 2015 and beyond.
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