Many enter the massage therapy and manual therapy fields with the intention of helping others. Often, the physical demands required of the profession are an afterthought.
In the U.S. massage therapy field alone, there is a burnout rate of 50%-88% in the first 3-5 years following graduation. Each year, about 50,000 students enroll in massage therapy programs, while an almost equal number of 45,000 quit or retire. Many leave their dream job due to their own muscular aches and pains. Tendonitis in the wrist, elbows, and shoulders, as well as conditions such as trigger finger, are especially common. So, how do you avoid the burnout and STAY a manual therapist? Here are a few simple Do's and Don'ts-