Current Research on the Benefits of Workplace Massage

workplace massage researchFind out what the current research is saying about companies who implement a workplace massage program in their business.   Forward this article to your boss or HR manager and let them know that onsite massage can save them money!

 

 

 

 

1)  The Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the Universityof Miamihas documented the positive effects of massage therapy on job performance and stress reduction. The research indicates that a basic 15-minute chair massage, provided twice weekly, results in decreased job stress and significant increase in productivity.  Field, et.al,. “Massage Therapy Reduces Anxiety and Enhances EEG Pattern of Alertness and Math Computations,” International Journal Neuroscience 86, 1996; 197-205. 

2)  Companies such as GE, American Airlines and Goldman and Sachs are using onsite massage to reduce employee stress and reduce the amount of absenteeism.  “Pressing the Flesh”, New York 31(1): 36-40, January 12, 1998.

3)  After massage therapy was brought to the employees Boeing and Reebok, there was a marked decrease in headaches and back discomfort.  “The Magic of Touch”, Newsweek, April 6, 1998: 71-72. 

4)  Many Fortune 500 companies, are using massage therapy to combat problems such as repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel and other musculo-skeletal disorders. “Alternative Medicine Moves Into the Workplace”, Alternative Therapies 2(1): 47-51, January 1996.  

5)  On-Site massage is cheaper than vacation and childcare. On-Site massage reduces work- related stress, improves alertness, performance and productivity, and even keeps people feeling well enough to stay at work when they would rather go home.  Crain’s Chicago Business, February, 1999

6)  Up to 80% of industrial accidents are due to stress.  Occupational Health and Safety news and the National Council on compensation Insurance (U.S.A.)

 7)  By including 15 minutes of free massage therapy once each week, the Calvert Group, an investment firm in Bethesda, MD, reduced its turnover rate to 5 percent in an industry where the norm is 20 percent.   “HR Focus”, September 1997: 1-3.  

 8)  Doctors are now prescribing massage to help their patients manage stress and pain.  “The Magic of Touch”, Newsweek, April 6, 1998, 71-72 

 9)  The USDepartment of Justice is just one of many organizations that offer massage in the workplace.  “The Magic of Touch”, Life Magazine, August 1997, 52-62. 

10)  Massage is now being used to relieve stress at disaster sites.   “The Magic of Touch”, Life Magazine; August 1997, 52-62. 

11)  Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints.  Occupational Health and Safety news and the National Council on compensation Insurance (U.S.A.)

12)  14% of workers say stress caused them the to quit or change jobs in previous two years.  Occupational Health and Safety news and the National Council on compensation Insurance (U.S.A.)

13)  Stress accounts for $26 billion in medical and disability payments and $95 billion in lost productivity per year.  Occupational Health and Safety news and the National Council on compensation Insurance (U.S.A.)

14)  Over 50% of lost work days are stress related which keeps about 1 million people per day from attending work.  Occupational Health and Safety news and the National Council on compensation Insurance (U.S.A.)

15)  When offered, 60% of employees take advantage of the program.
Oxford Health Plans Survey, New York, December, 2000

16)  Employees that receive massage work as part of a corporate wellness program feel less stress, are more productive on the job and are less likely to take unplanned time off from work.
HR Magazine, October, 1998

 

 

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