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-
Do's & Don'ts
Prior to enrolling in a massage therapy or any manual therapy program, you should assess your own physical health. Are you ready for the physical demands of the job? Being in good physical condition can help set you up for success in the manual therapy field.
Always remember: you have to take care of yourself so you could take care of others.