How does these types of clients range from individuals involved in physical rehabilitation requiring exercise programs, including cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory rehabilitation, and physical therapy for orthopedic injury; persons incorporating exercise as part of a comprehensive fitness and wellness program, including weight management; and recreational and competitive athletes, both amateur and professional. For those of you that work with them, how do you use therapeutic massage to serve this population?
The sports, fitness, and rehabilitation community is using massage at an increased rate, however, there are many misconceptions, inaccurate information, and even dangerous methods being taught and practiced as sports massage. More commonly are complaints from those who have received ineffective massage that was not worth the time and money. This is unacceptable. There is a professional responsibility to provide safe and effective massage care for all populations.
What can you do as a massage therapist and maybe even client to provide and receive effective massage?
Research and be informed as best you can. Learning is lifelong as a therapist and an as a consumer, and not just a client of massage. Whether it be the car you drive (the insurance you buy), your home, your or your childrens school, the food you eat, the personal products you use, etc, etc.
Research has exposed many myths about massage and components of sports training. As a massage therapist, especially when working with any client who has excessive demand on their bodies, it is absolutely essential that lifelong learning is a priority as is remaining current with the research evidence.