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Poll Results for the following Question:

Which of these health care professions is most closely aligned with massage?


Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine
Physical Therapy
Ayurvedic Medicine

Total Respondents: 413


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Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine The successful treatment utilizing acupuncture, in part, is involved with Tui-NA massage. It is the best encountering symptom with pain in certain conditions. In order to provide the best service of oriental medicine, the acupuncturist with strong background of herbal pharmacology is better alliance with high quality of massage therapist.

 none of the above are health care professions

Chiropractic If the question were which "compliments" massage, I have found both as a patient of chiropractic care, and as an LMT/NMT working in chiropractic offices, that while massage therapy addresses soft tissue, chiropractic provides a great complement in addressing bony alignment. These two fields are naturals to work together, as the work from one directly supports the work of the other, allowing patients to reach a healthy balance sooner than if just one approach is used. Additionally, many of my clients use acupuncture in conjunction with massage, and find it beneficial. However, I believe chiropractic is more "aligned" with massage exactly because it is distinct from massage and most chiropractors do not personally perform massage as a part of their adjustments.

Chiropractic I work very closely with several Chiropractor who believe as I do, That it is our responsibility to get our patients healed as soon as possible. My work makes for easier, more long lasting adjustments, and being in alignment greatly reduces spasms.
Gary Vigeant, LMT
Melbourne, FL

Naturopathy I think that Naturoathy is most closely aligned
with massage because Naturapathy deal's with
pathology ect. like
muscles,ligiments,tendons,facha once lengthend
in needed areas and yes contracted in others
promotes a balance. Therefore the vertebra
surounding the disc will hold. Naturopathy uses
manuplation of the soft tissue to coax the vertebra
to slid in to position with little or no pain. I worked
at our local health food for 3 years and have been
doing massage for 15 years . If the schooling was
with in my reach I would consider Naturopathy to
enhance my massage thearpy skill's. At that time
every one that had an apt. with Greg always had
great things to say about his
Naturopathy-massage skills this is why I wen't in
to massage. I could not beleve the graditude
Greg received, now I know the feeling, after 15
years of helping people help them-selves. I very
much admire his work, to advance alturnitive
medicine. And If I haden't allredy graduated from
H.E.C I would go to his medical massage
school. I wish him well in his new venture, well
maybe not so new Chiropractic. I think he got his
start in Naturapathy but don't quote me on that or
for that mater any of this information. I am just
going on my memory and we all know how
reliable that can be. After all that was about 18
years ago.

Physical Therapy I feel that Physical Therapy is closest to massge due to the fact that they work with the muscles and use range of motion as well as stretches in rehabilitating clients.

 I am in agreement with the person who wrote: "Chiropractors were the first to practice physical therapy and acupuncture, formally in the United States. ect...
We need to spot trying to divide, all have their purpose and none is better than the other! Why can't we all work together?? As a Massage Therapist I see all kinds of people and recommend all types of therapies, why shouldn't we? Too many people forget about the patients best interest and worry about their professions Name sake, and we should be trying to stop the person that gives less than their best and tries to cheat the system!

 does this question have an answer? the only one i can think of is to delete physical therapy, and i'm not sure that is an unprejudiced response.

Chiropractic THEY have nearly single handedly made it possible for massage to beocme a profession worth doing.

Physical Therapy I really think massage therapy is in a field of its own. However I really think we are the best qualified to deal with issues of musculoskeletal pain & dysfuntion. We have the feel and understand the connection between mind, body, environment and spirit which is both a eastern and Ayurvedic concept. However I would like to see massage recognized by the health care industry which would include reimbursment by insurance companies and direct patient/client care.

Physical Therapy Ifeel that physical theraphy is a good approach. It has helped me.

Physical Therapy pt and massage are closer in function and purpose than the others because they both deal directly with muscular function and manipulation. Chiropratics are next in line but that's more of a joint manipulation.

Physical Therapy what's the purpose of this question?

 From my perspective, each of the suggested healthcare professions could be more aligned with massage, depending on the style of massage one does.

Chiropractic Chiropractors were the first to practice physical therapy and acupuncture formally in the United States.
Chiropractors have shaped and developed both of these professions in the early years. In fact it was a chiropractor who gave the NCCAOM ( the national accrediting body for acupuncture) a $20,000 personal loan to bail them out of bankruptcy. This loan has yet to be repaid over almost 10 years later. Chiropractors currently stand side by side with the massage therapy profession. They educate massage therapists in their schools and employ their specialty in their practices. This question is clearly aimed at dividing the strong bond between the chiropractic and massage communities so that the clinical acupuncturists can userp massage, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture for themselves. The clinical acupuncturists want to control all these professions when they have created none of them in the United States. Don't be fooled be the rhetoric of this question. It is meant to divide and weaken two professions (massage and chiropractic) who have been great friends from their beginings. The editors of Massage Today, Dynamic Chiropractic, and Acupuncture Today (all the same group, by the way)should stop trying to create a war between professions. They should nurture the relationship amoung professions so that we can come up with unified research that would benefit all of our patients. The clinical acupuncturists this crazy rhetoric that damages professional relations and is clearly only for their own professional self interests. It is dispicable to think of professions over patients.

Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine Massage and Acupunture/Oriental Medicine has been around for over 5000 yearson and has healed more people throughout the ages than any other medical specialty. The relationship of the two is as close
as yin and yang and should be practiced together for the best possible results. (Having a background in) Neuromuscular Massage and Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine gives such a total understanding of pain syndromes from the unique perspective of two separate (East/West) but coinciding systems that has a synergistic effect on the human body.
Stephen Young,AP,LMT (FL)

Physical Therapy This question is ambiguous (perhaps intentionally so). "Aligned" can mean "putting oneself on one side of an issue." This would suggest that the other health care profession shares certain principles with massage therapists. On the other hand, "aligned" could just have a spatial meaning, suggesting that massage and the other profession cover the same area (clients and conditions treated, techniques used, etc). If the second meaning is intended, I would say that PT clearly shows more overlap and similarity to massage therapy.

Chiropractic I think both Physical Therapy & Chiropractics equally rely on massage to ready the patient for their treatment

Physical Therapy PT's are handcuffed by procedures, protocols & insurance. Massage therapists are becoming known as soft tissue experts. We are able to spend more "one-on-one" time working with patients than most healthcare professionals. Direct access will be an area for the massage therapy profession to defend in the future!
Should there be a different license or classification for a medical/clinical massage therapist?

B. Hal Richardson LMT, NCTMB
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