National Massage Week 2015

Just about everyone loves a good massage: massage feels good and studies show it benefits your health. For example, research has found that massage therapy can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and alleviate low back pain. Of course there’s much more to massage than that.

While massage has many health benefits, a good therapist is vital to your treatment. September 7-13 is National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. To celebrate here are some tips for how to choose a good massage therapist. A good first step when choosing a therapist is to check for professional qualifications.

Graduates of Certificate IV programs perform general health maintenance treatments such asrelaxation massage. Diploma graduates can treat common musculoskeletal presentations such as lower back pain, headache, neck and shoulder pain. And Advanced Diploma graduates can treat complex musculoskeletal presentations with a more extensive range of treatment protocols, primarily via the use of Dry Needling technique.

You may also wish to check whether your therapist is a health fund provider if you want to claim your treatment through a private fund. If you have extras cover for remedial massage, it is important to check with your therapist about their provider status. Generally, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualified therapists will fulfill the requirements to operate as health fund providers.

Additionally your therapist should be a member of a professional association. Choosing a massage therapist who is a member of a professional association is an important safeguard in terms of professionalism and standards. Many of us are bound by a Codes of Ethics and Practice, a benchmark set of standards for the safe and ethical practice of massage therapy.

Massage is a patient-centred therapy. Your massage therapist should discuss your treatment planwith you and establish goals. However, you are in control of the treatment at all times and you should expect to be treated with respect, courtesy and dignity, If you have any questions about the Massage industry please feel free to discuss them with me at you next appointment. I shall put my years of experience as a therapist and an educator to good use in a bid to answer your questions satisfactorily.

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