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What are the benefits of a prenatal massage therapist?

What are the benefits of a prenatal massage therapist?

Relaxation...: Any massage therapist can lead to you being more relaxed; which can be beneficial to both mom-to-be; and ease the burdens of the labor process. ...Read more

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How can I ease my anxiety about seeing a massage therapist?

How can I ease my anxiety about seeing a massage therapist?

Take it slowly: I assume you were referred to a massage therapist, or feel massage would help even though you're anxious about it. (otherwise i'd say just don't go.) like most other therapists, a massage therapist will understand if it's new to you and the idea makes you uncomfortable. Read about massage, and maybe start with a short session, or limit it to parts of your body that don't trigger anxiety. ...Read more

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Can a massage therapist actually help someone with chronic pain?

Can a massage therapist actually help someone with chronic pain?

Yes but diagnosis no: Massage can help but it depends on the type of pain and whether it will be responsive to massage. Certain types of chronic muscular pain can be helped like fibromyalgia but other types of chronic pain may not be responsive. Your physician can help guide you. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how massage therapist, spa therapist and masseuse/masseur differ?

Can you please tell me how massage therapist, spa therapist and masseuse/masseur differ?

Licensure: Typically the massage therapist, spa therapist or masseuse may be synonyms for the same type of person. Some massage therapists are required to get state licensure to provide this type of service which may distinguish between therapists and masseuse. However typical spa therapists are usually licensed individuals in their respective treatment option. ...Read more

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What does a muscle strength test show from the point of view of massage therapist?

What does a muscle strength test show from the point of view of massage therapist?

Where your knots are: Muscle strength; or lack thereof, will tell your massage therapist where you need "work". He/she can pinpoint where the 'kinks' are; and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment to restore proper muscle function. Enjoy the rub! ...Read more

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Can i continue to work as a massage therapist if i dislocated my shoulder today but was able to put it back in?

You can try: But typically after a shoulder dislocation your shoulder will remain painful and weak for a period of time and also be more susceptible to redislocation. I typically tell people to rest it in a sling for a week or so , ice, nsaids, and work on strengthening and pt to prevent reinjury after about 2 weeks most people can start getting back into activity. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a massage therapist and a chiropractor?

What is the difference between a massage therapist and a chiropractor?

Different Focus: A massage therapist generally works with the muscles and tissues using various techniques treat various problems. Chiropractors work with the joints in the skeleton, making adjustments to treat problems. They may use some soft tissue techniques in their treatment, similar to massage. Both require training and should be licensed by the state. ...Read more

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How do I know if I should see a massage therapist or a chiropractor?

See an MD: You should not see either of these providers until your issue such as pain or injury, has been evaluated by your family doctor and perhaps an orthopod. Use their recommendation for the next step which is likely to be a physical therapist. Massage therapist provide a gentle comfortable massage. Chiropractors provide a strenuous, sometimes dangerous massage and no cures. ...Read more

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