Tags: therapist injury

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I am new to the Massage Therapy neighborhood, so I apologize if you see this same post in other communities.
I only practice part time, maybe 6-10 massages a week, while I have my "regular" job. But I have been having some arm and hand pain.

In the arm that hurts is the: pronater teres, brachio-radialis, flexor carpi ulnaris, supinator, flexor pollicis longus.

In the hand what hurts is the: abductor pollicis brevis, palmaris longus tendon, adductor pollicis trans, flexor pollicis brevis, extensor digitorum communis tendon (on the pointer and middle finger), abductor digiti quinti.

I have been massaging them myself, and doing hand and arm stretches, but I am still having pain. Could it be something else? Is there anything that you do to keep from hurting and if so would you mind sharing?


amateur questions

I am curious about getting a massage table. Mind you I don't have a license, but i would like to get one. I live in Texas, and I hear the hours needed to obtain a lincense is ridiculously low. I am 6'5'', so when I usually massage friends I get lower back pain because they are usually on a bed or even on the floor. This is also probably due to my lack of good technique, but i was wondering if a table would remedy that situation. Any good ones that I can find relatively cheap for tall trees like myself? And thank you for all your wonderful comments from my last post.

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I've heard a few people mention that the average career span of a massage therapist is 5 to 7 years. However, most of the teachers at my school--who are also practicing massage therapists-- have been working at least 10 years, many more than that. I'm sure that how often you massage makes a difference, but I know that most of my teachers are full-time (at least 20 massages a week) therapists who teach on the side.

Is 5 to 7 years really realistic? If you're practicing good body mechanics and safety, is it likely to be longer than that?

I'd like to hear your opinions, experiences, etc... thanks.

Massage Therapists end up with chronic pain?

Isn't massage therapy a profession where it's easy to contract carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bulging discs/ruptured discs/pinched nerve/herniated disc, and all that other bad stuff? A massage therapist must work one patient after another every (work) day for years. Surely, this causes problems in the long run?

A physical therapist I used to go to who also did messages told me that he has a neck problem himself from accumulated repetitive stress throughout the years in doing massage. He occasionally goes swimming to relax.

A former masseur(well, I dunno what to call him. His kinda treatment was weird. A combination of massage, chiropractic adjustment, and acupressure), who was also shaolin kung-fu master, told me had to do certain exercises every day, swam every other day at the YMCA, and learn how to breathe properly(through the stomach. Also something they learn in shaolin martial arts I guess.) He said most normal people, if doing the same kind of treatment he does, would easily get hurt. Breathing properly was most important he says.

A former accupressurist I used to see also emphasized breathing properly or she'd be in serious pain herself from giving hardcore accupressure treatment every day. She called it 気/ki/chi/qi.

So do you guys going to school to learn massage therapy know about these things? Have such thoughts even crossed your mind?