Op-Ed
I have the privilege of taking over the reins as editor of Massage Therapy Canada. We thank the previous editor, Maria DiDanieli, for all her work in maintaining a high quality publication.
I have the privilege of taking over the reins as editor of Massage Therapy Canada. We thank the previous editor, Maria DiDanieli, for maintaining such a high quality publication.
Maria DiDanieli’s editorial in the Spring 2013 Massage Therapy Canada offers laudable counsel.
In the massage therapy profession, we seem to disagree a lot. We argue whether or not spa therapy has value compared to rehabilitative massage
In September 2010, for massage therapy awareness week, I was invited by two radio shows in my home city of Hamilton to speak on behalf of the profession. I spoke about the benefits of massage therapy and took calls from listeners.
Our profession is continually faced with concerns regarding recognition by other health-care professionals, coverage through benefits, public awareness, usage, regional saturation and earnings, to name but a few. Added to all this, massage therapists are mandated to earn continuing education units in various areas.
Is massage therapy a personal service or health-care discipline? There exists a tenuous relationship between the spa and rehab identities in massage within the profession. At our detriment, this is causing confusion as government, insurance funders and other health-care providers struggle to define what massage therapy is, and how and whether it should be funded.
Massage therapists have benefitted, like many other professions, from a strong economy – and the industrial diseases such as workplace-related musculo-skeletal disorders (WRMDs) and job-related stress they’ve helped manufacture.
The public perception of massage therapy has made great strides over the last several years. However, the road to respect and recognition is an ongoing journey. How does this vibrant, valuable profession make even greater in-roads?
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