Top 3 Massage Therapy Myths Debunked
Whether you’re curious about getting a massage, or are interested in pursuing a career in massage therapy, it’s likely that you’ve heard some of the common myths surrounding this increasingly popular and medically accepted health and wellness treatment. Let’s take a look at the three most common myths about massage therapy and uncover the facts.
Myth 1: Massage Therapy Just Relaxes Muscles
The truth is that massage not only can relax muscles, but it can also loosen and stretch tightened facia, which is a layer of connective tissue between muscles, bones, and organs. A massage can also move fluids that have accumulated in the body (such as lymph), loosening joints, reducing inflammation and increasing mobility. Additionally, massage therapy increases blood circulation which can aid in healing and help to decrease pain.
Myth 2: Massage Therapy is New Age and Not Scientific
Today, massage therapy is widely accepted as part of integrative medicine, a complementary therapy that is increasingly being offered with standard medical treatments to help with a range of diagnosed disorders. According to the Mayo Clinic, some studies have found massage may help with:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Low back pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
- Upper back and neck pain
Additionally, massage therapy is widely known for its ability to boost immune system function, decrease stress hormones, and improve circulation, which can help with a number of health issues that are worsened by stress.
Myth 3: Anyone Can Call Themselves a Massage Therapist
To become a massage therapist, you must undergo specialized training focused on the musculoskeletal system, anatomy and physiology; learn a variety of massage techniques, and gain hands-on, real-world experience under the supervision of a licensed and credentialed instructor. Most states regulate massage therapists through licenses or certifications to ensure that spas, chiropractors and other wellness service providers hire reputable, qualified therapists.
If you’re interested in helping people feel their best and would like to pursue a career in massage therapy, check out the Therapeutic Massage Diploma Program at Daytona College! To learn more, visit our website, contact us, or give us a call at (386) 267-0565.