tisdag 5 januari 2010

Do Chiropractors Work Well With Massage Therapists?

By Philip Vincent

In short, the answer is yes, many do. These two complementary specialties overlap with attention to soft tissue on the human body. It has become very commonplace and acceptable for chiropractors to have a massage therapist on staff to provide services for their clients. Both of these alternative health services are considered more holistic in nature and have been marginalized in the past by the medical community. However, the benefits of both chiropractors and massage therapists have lately received more attention from the larger medical community.

Chiropractic doctors tend to have multiple appointments with their patients. More often than not a "regimen of treatments" is required for a chiropractor to properly treat an ailment. And even more common are regular appointments for more chronic injuries. Having a massage therapist on available allows the chiropractor to delegate services so that they can take on more patients. This is similar to the dentist/dental hygienist type relationship. A massage therapist is not a secretary, but rather another complementary professional providing service.

Massage therapist licensing requirements vary from state to state. For the most part, a state license, test and annual fee are required to be a massage therapist. And with any business, there are legal ramifications. The training is not nearly as extensive as a chiropractors, but it is more than just a weekend course.

Licensed massage therapists have been known to work in a number of locations. A very common place to find them are at specialty sports locations or health clubs. Many personal trainers use and refer people to massage therapists for deep tissue treatments or to aid in recovery from their workouts.

Where chiropractic doctors tend to be more clinical in nature, to be a successful massage therapist a great deal of costumer service is required. Also, in general, chiropractors tend to be men, and massage therapists tend to be women. This is of course not always the case, but the vast majority of the time it is true. Having a great combination of clinical and friendly, male and female people in one office is a great recipe for success!

Lastly, when a chiropractor works with a massage therapists, they can keep costs to a minimum. Due to the difference in education, a chiropractor demands a higher wage. Whenever duties can be transferred to a massage therapist, money is saved for the business. And of course, the majority of the time, these savings are passed to the client.

So as you can see, it is rather obvious why a doctor of chiropractic would work with a massage therapist. Many different business owners across the spectrum utilize them to provide complementary services to patients. It's a truly win-win situation. As massage therapists and chiropractors become more and more respected in the medical community, it is only a matter of time before everyone starts to use them. This may or may not mean an increase in prices so consider finding an office today!

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