The massage therapist is a healthcare provider who treats clients with a hands-on-approach to mobilize and/or manipulate soft tissues and muscles of the body. Massage therapy can be used help relieve pain, reduce adhesions/scar tissue, improve circulation, promote muscular relaxation, and relieve stress subsequently aiding in the general wellness of clients. Massage therapists work in a variety of settings including private, clinical and hospital facilities.
Massage therapists typically complete postsecondary educational requirements consisting of 500 or more hours of study with hands on experience. The standards and requirements for massage therapist may vary by state or between localities. Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapists to have a license or certification. The massage therapist can play an important role on the spinecare team under the direction of a spinecare physician
For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Massage Therapist, please refer to the website of the American Massage Therapy Association at http://www.amtamassage.org.
To locate and learn about massage therapist who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals. The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine
To learn more about your spine. spinehealth, and available spinecare go to the International Spine Assocition (ISA) at www.spineinformation.org. The
primary mission of the ISA is to improve spinehealth and spinecare through education. The ISA is committed to disseminating need-to-know information throught the World
Wide Web in numerous languages covering many topics related to the spine, including information about spine disorders, spine heath, advances in technology and available spinecare
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