WHEREAS, massage therapy is beneficial to overall health and is increasingly becoming a part of integrated health care; and,
WHEREAS, therapeutic massage can benefit people of all ages for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness; and,
WHEREAS, a growing body of clinical research shows massage therapy is beneficial for a wide variety of health issues, including cancer-related fatigue, back and knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, frequent headaches, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia; and,
WHEREAS, massage therapy can help those recovering from prescription drug abuse or addiction, by treating side effects such as pain, agitation, anxiety, and sleep problems; and,
WHEREAS, consumers are spending $8 to $12 billion annually on massage therapy; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Michigan recognizes the efforts of over 8,000 licensed massage therapists in Michigan, professional massage therapy organizations, and their role in providing education on the many benefits of massage;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the October 23-30, 2016 as Massage Therapy Awareness Week in Michigan.