What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the manipulation the muscles and other soft tissues of the body using hands, fingers, forearms and/or elbows. While massage can be used for relaxation, more importantly, it is used as part of a course of treatment for medical conditions. Massage Therapy encompasses many different massage techniques including but not limited to Swedish Massage, Remedial Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and Thai Massage. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 18 million U.S. adults and 700,000 children received massage therapy.

What type of education does a massage therapist receive?
What kind of license does my massage therapist have and what do they have to do to maintain it?
What can I expect at my first visit?
How long will I need to continue seeing my massage therapist?
What kinds of conditions does a massage therapist treat?

Discuss any current healthcare concerns with your provider before beginning treatment.