However, there are strategies massage therapists can take to ensure the longevity of their career. Burnout is avoidable.
Don’t overwork or over schedule yourself. Learn to say no. Set reasonable guidelines for yourself prior to accepting any job offer. Make sure you know what you are getting into ahead of time and that your expectations are clearly laid out in terms of time spent massaging and breaks in between clients. Do take breaks and time off to heal if needed. Injuries, such as tendonitis, can become worse if not addressed. Take care of yourself first.
Do's & Don'ts
Don’t power through the pain. Therapists know this. Often, we give such advice to patients but fail to follow the same protocol in regards to our own health. It is important to be aware of your body. If something begins to cause pain, take a break. Rest. Take your own advice.
Do limit yourself to only 4-6 hours of massage a day, with at least 10-minute breaks in between each client as per recommendations outlined by most massage therapy schools. Massaging 8 hours a day straight will quickly lead to burnout. Pace yourself accordingly.
Don’t stop learning. Science and technology are constantly changing and improving. Thus, most jobs in the healthcare field are a constant learning process.
Invest in Continuing Education
Prior to enrolling in a massage therapy or any manual therapy program, you should further assess your own physical health. Are you ready for the physical demands of the job? Do you work out on a regular basis? Do you eat fairly healthy? Being in exceptional physical condition can set you up for the physical aspects required in the manual therapy field.
Manual therapy and massage therapy can be a very rewarding jobs. However, burnout rates are high due to the physically demanding aspects associated with the professions. Taking care of yourself should be a top priority. It can prevent burnout and ensure your clients are receiving the optimal care they deserve.