Do Chiropractic Doctors Work With Massage Therapists?

By Philip Vincent

The short answer is yes, many do. These two specialties overlap with attention to soft tissue on the human body. It has become very commonplace for chiropractors to have a massage therapist on staff to provide services for their clients. Both of these services are considered more holistic in nature and have been marginalized in the past by mainstream medicine. However, the benefits of both chiropractors and massage therapists have lately received more attention from the larger medical community.

Chiropractors tend to have multiple appointments with their clients. More often than not a "round of treatments" is required for a chiropractor to cure an ailment. And even more common are regular appointments for chronic injuries. Having a massage therapist on staff allows the chiropractor to delegate services so that they can take on more clients. This is similar to the dentist/dental hygienist type relationship. A massage therapist is not a secretary, but rather another professional providing service.

Massage therapist licensing requirements can vary from state to state. For the most part, a state license, test and annual fee are required to be a licensed massage therapist. As with any business, there are legal ramifications. While the training is not nearly as extensive as a chiropractors, but it is more than just a weekend course.

Licensed massage therapists have been known to work in a number of locations. A very common place to find them are at specialty sports locations or health clubs. Many personal trainers use and refer people to massage therapists for deep tissue treatments or to aid in recovery from their workouts.

Whereas doctors of chiropractic seem to be more clinical in their approach, to be a successful licensed massage therapist, a great deal of customer service is required. Also, in general, chiropractors tend to be male, and massage therapists tend to be female. This is of course not always the case, but the vast majority of the time it is true. Having a great combination of clinical and friendly, men and women in one office is a recipe for success!

Lastly, when a chiropractic doctor works with licensed massage therapists, they can keep costs to a minimum. Due to the difference in education, a chiropractor demands a higher wage. Whenever duties can be transferred to a massage therapist, money is saved for the chiropractic office. And of course, the majority of the time, these savings are passed to the patient.

So as you can see, it is rather obvious why a chiropractor would work with a massage therapist. Many different business owners across the spectrum utilize them to provide more services to clients. It's a truly win-win type of situation. As massage therapists and chiropractors become more and more respected in the medical community, it is only a matter of time before everyone starts to use them. This may or may not mean an increase in prices so consider finding an office today! - 32188

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