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Here is a Scenario that I see over and over again...Last week I had a new client that had been suffering from back pain for four years.. She has been to all kinds of health care providers.. with no relief for her condition....She just finished up with physical therapy.....I just did my second 25 min. massage with her yesterday... She is 80% better now... She will come in again next week, and that should pretty much eliminate her pain... It was trigger points in her lumbar spine..On the erectors. Mostly on the right side with the worst area around T12... It was just simple elbow work.. I asked her how it felt when I work on her she says...GAwd it feels so good... She told me no one touched her pain.. She got a tens unit from the physical therapists. Big deal.. What a joke... She is going to be fine after one or two more half hour massages..Unbelievable? She is young.. 18... her parents look at me in awe.. Like Im some healing guru genius.. But all I did was put an elbow in her back where she was sore with the correct pressure, just rubbing out her trigger points...She should of been helped years ago?.. Ive run into this scenario many times... There is a lot of incompetence out there... Her problem was simple...I dont understand how those other health care providers couldn't help her.?....She has been seeing con artists or very incompetent people? Thousands of dollars in insurance money was spent over four years.. When all she needed was three or four 25 min. massages....When I think of all the people going through all these various clinics when all they need is a couple massages...I just want to throw up....Despite the growing popularity of our profession.. Its still underrated by most.. Even other massage therapists. Our profession has so much potential.
Saw the young lady yesterday. She no longer wakes up in the morning with pain...I educated her on how to work on herself by stretching and using self massage tools... She doesnt need me or anyone anymore..Her back pain is history... Im shocked that no one else helped her with all their education? Shocked...I just put an elbow in her back.. Now I cant help everybody that I work on if they come in with a chronic pain problem...But after one or two massage sessions, I know and they know if I can.. If I fail I fail fast... Not into ripping people off.. From my perspective.. Once any underlying pathology is ruled out...Its a skilled massage therapist all the way. Even though it didnt take much skill to help her.
To me. Carpal Tunnel is just another name for Massage Deficiency Syndrome.
Terri Jones said:
I really enjoy reading your comments and from other fellow therapists with a passionate intent! Too many get into this profession thinking its glamorous, easy money and working for yourself is better than a job. Well, these things may be true at times but in my first year of experience its been very, very hard work, keeping track of mileage , thousands of dollars for decorations, tools and supplies, laundry, appointments, phone calls, follow ups, bookkeeping, keeping track of my own taxes, expensive ceu's, no health insurance, no vacation or sick days! So far, I'm in the red! BUT...I love every minute...I became a MT at 53yrs because I have always wanted to help people feel their best body, soul and spirit. Wish I could have stepped into this career when I was younger. This ancient art/ health maintenance program of massage takes an inner passion and compassion for people and their overall well being...if its about anything else...you wont be very good at it and you'll be unable to help your clients, you will get burned out, disappointed, discouraged, etc. To help clients with the types of diseases that Dr's will only give a prescription drug or schedule a surgery....well, there is nothing more gratifying! I also work part time at a spa which is located in a plastic surgeon's office. He specializes in hand reconstruction, carpal tunnel surgery. He puts them in a brace, gives them pain pills and when they dont get well the patients are told surgery is the only thing left. He doesn't refer his patients to me...he won't tell them that massage can head off unnecessary surgery! Sad isn't it. I bet our tax dollars pay for most of those surgeries!?!? I love working on sciatic pain....oh, the bills that run up with xrays, scans, PT, meds that wont touch the pain.....if people only knew how much they could save in the long run by having regular massage and a few simple stretches that take only seconds each day! As popular as massage has become in the last 20 years, I am amazed at how few people actually know about the general health benefits! Too much brain washing by the drug companies and medical profession! I know, because I worked in a Dr's office for 7 years. I am thankful and very blessed to be a part of this "massage revolution!" my business name is "Integrity Massage"--- It is my sincere desire to hold up a high standard and continue to blaze the trail along with others who feel as we do! If massage was at the forefront vs. medicine--- this world would be healthier and happier! My motto: " Working to build a healthier happier society through th benefits of massage therapy". All this talk about massage, makes me want one:-)) shalom! (peace)