There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin-- 3000 in a finger tip.
Touch is the first sense to develop in humans, and may be the last to fade
A touch of any kind can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure.
42% of Americans have used some type of alternative care in the past.
- 2/3 of Americans have tried at least one form of alternative therapy or treatment for medical conditions.
- Massage therapy is the third most commonly used form of alternative medicine in the U.S., having been tried by 35% of Americans.
- Touch stimulates the release of endorphins (the body's natural pain killers) which is why a mother's hug for a child's skinned knee can literally make it better
- Massage before an athletic event, makes the athlete more flexible, enhanced speed and power, and less prone to injury
- People with eating disorders who receive massage three time a day for ten day's, gain weight faster and got out of the hospital six days sooner than those who don't
- One in five Americans have had a massage from a massage therapist in the past five years and 13% report receiving one in the past year. This is up 8% from 1997.
- Health insurers are increasingly expanding coverage to include alternative medicines. In addition, several healthcare network providers use NCBTMB to check the National Certification status of the practitioner.
- Fifty-four percent of primary care physicians and family practitioners say they would encourage their patients to pursue massage therapy as a complement to medical treatment.
- Massage therapy accounts for 18% of the 425 million visits made to alternative healthcare providers each year.
- An estimated 20 million Americans receive massage therapy and bodywork each year, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH)