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Do you know any therapists that are no longer practicing due to injuries related to massage therapy?

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Ive met several therapists over the years that quit because they thought they had carpal tunnel... Of course, they didn't realize they could fix themselves.  However I don't know them as personal friends or what they are doing now...Self care is is really important if you want to have a long career as a massage therapist, if you ask me.

Occupational injuries happen in every profession. Could you provide a little more information.

Do you know a LMT who doesnt practice anymore because of a injury he/she obtained from massage therapy? I dont know what else you are looking for

Daniel Cohen said:

Occupational injuries happen in every profession. Could you provide a little more information.

I know some who left the profession because the work was "too hard for them". I know many more who continue working through the pain because they need income. I also know office workers, production line workers, cashiers, and postal workers who do the same.

I am looking for the reason you ask? Usually a question is asked because of something behind it. What you asked exists for every job known. This is why occupational injury treatment including massage through surgery is such a huge industry.

I ususally ask questions out of my own curiosity. I just wanted to see how many people here knew someone or people who stopped practicing massage therapy because of an injury they sustained from doing massage work

I've known of several people that have quit.  And Ive met therapists that have had wrist braces on telling me they have carpal tunnel and just cant go on massaging anymore...I knew a very busy therapist a while back who's hands got so sore, he had to quite after about 17 years I think  .I remember meeting him in the bank. His hands were all curled up. ..his name was Steve. He was a very busy therapist. I didn't know him personally though....And several that just found the work too hard, if they wanted to make money..... It can be hard work as we all know... Although now I dont work as hard...Hmm.. its interesting that it took me so freakin long to figure out my job?.. Its still challenging.  Just not as physically taxing.  My thumbs, hands and forearms have gotten very sore in the past.Almost to the point that I thought I might have to quite..That must of been ten years ago....I have to work on myself a lot.. Tonight I even did.. I stretch my fingers, arms... my entire body.  Anywhere from 20 to an hour.  If I didn't do that every day...With my body type..Id have to quit early.. Right now Im just getting over trigger finger for the second time.. Its taken months..but almost completely healed now...I just use those times to learn...about muscle pain, and what works... But Daniel you're right....All kinds of workers, not only body workers. Were themselves out...Just have to be stronger then your job I guess?  Also I've helped many new therapists that have wanted to run to the doctor because they thought they had carpal tunnel early on in their career... You guys ever have to deal with any arm hand or wrist strain in the past? I work on myself a lot.

I mostly have issues with my elbows (wrist extensors). every now and then I may have issues with my wrist flexors (distally/close to my wrist). And yes I work on myself a lot also. I remember when I was in school. I was having problems with my wrist and thumb area and I was working in a pharmacy. I was working on my pain one day at work and brought myself to knees with the pain and everyone thought something was wrong with me.

 

I do understand that other professions do go through some of the same things but part of my asking is to relay information to my students ( I am a massage instructor) to give them a round about figure as to how many therapists stop working due to nature of the work physically. For me other professions would be another question all together

Frank while this site has many members few actually participate in threads. Any numbers gathered to the question have no relevance as data.In one of Boris' threads he suggests the immediate problem is developing business which causes much quicker drop outs.

I also work on myself and self therapy techniques would be a valuable tool to teach in addition to working on others. When my Korean Martial Therapy teacher, Master Jae Yun, releases the English version of his book, many techniques will be available in the self therapy chapter.

Daniel, is there a Korean style of massage?

Daniel Cohen said:

Frank while this site has many members few actually participate in threads. Any numbers gathered to the question have no relevance as data.In one of Boris' threads he suggests the immediate problem is developing business which causes much quicker drop outs.

I also work on myself and self therapy techniques would be a valuable tool to teach in addition to working on others. When my Korean Martial Therapy teacher, Master Jae Yun, releases the English version of his book, many techniques will be available in the self therapy chapter.

Yes Gordon it is about 400 years old and part of the martial arts. In Korean it is called Hwal Bup Do.

Ok, cool.

In addition there are also Korean Acupressure (part of KTM and different from Chinese acupressure which is part of TCM) and the bar style foot walking massage originates from Korea.

Gordon J. Wallis said:

Ok, cool.

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