Massage Therapy (cont.)
In this Article
- Introduction to massage therapy
- What is the history of massage therapy?
- What are the health benefits of massage therapy?
- What is massage therapy, and what are the types of massage?
- What do massage therapists do in treating patients?
- How does massage therapy affect the body?
- What are side effects and risks of massage therapy?
- Who provides massage therapy?
- What are some other points to consider about massage therapy as complementary and alternative medicine?
Training, Licensing, and Certification
There are approximately 1,500 massage therapy schools and training programs in the United States. In addition to hands-on practice of massage techniques, students generally learn about the body and how it works, business practices, and ethics. Massage training programs generally are approved by a state board. Some may also be accredited by an independent agency, such as the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).
As of 2010, 43 states and the District of Columbia had laws regulating massage therapy. In some states, regulation is by town ordinance.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork certifies practitioners who pass a national examination. Increasingly, states that license massage therapists require them to have a minimum of 500 hours of training at an accredited institution, pass a national exam, meet specific continuing education requirements, and carry malpractice insurance.
In addition to massage therapists, health care providers such as chiropractors and physical therapists may have training in massage.
Licenses and Certifications
Some common licenses or certifications for massage therapists include:
LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
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