Most Used Mind & Body Practices
6.9% of U.S. adults (15.4 million) used
About 2.7 million fewer adults used massage therapy in 2012 than in 2007.
In massage therapy, the therapist works on muscle and other soft tissues to help a person feel better. Preliminary evidence indicates that massage may help with back pain and may improve the quality of life for people with cancer, depression, or HIV/AIDS. Massage therapy dates back thousands of years; it’s mentioned in ancient writings from China, Japan, India, and Egypt.
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4 Citation: Clarke TC, Black LI, Stussman BJ, Barnes PM, Nahin RL. Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002–2012. National health statistics reports; no 79. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (240KB PDF)