Suggestions for Choosing A Health
Use Google Locator!
Get Referrals from friends,
family and co-workers. Word of mouth is the best source.
Where are they located is really most important as you want it
to be convenient and not create more stress!
There are many different types of massage that can address many
different types of conditions. It can be confusing and downright
overwhelming to try to choose one type or another. Just because one type
of massage doesn't help your pain or condition does not mean that massage will
not help you at all. Finding the right type of therapy for your conditions
and the right type of person to go to will be an experiential process.
Keep trying until you find what works for you. You can start with reading
about the different types of
massage to see what you feel drawn to.
Call the Health Care Providers
office and start asking questions:
How long have you been in practice?
What kind of training have you had?
How much additional training have you had?
What do you specialize in? see also: different
types of massage
What type of cases do you handle?
Can they work with your specific conditions/health challenges?
Do you have
a free/low cost initial consultation to see if the relationship will work?
What type of practice beliefs do you have?
How much do you charge?
What are your hours?
What is your cancellation policy?
Will they take time to answer all of your questions on the phone? If they don't want to spend
time answering questions on the phone- how will an office visit be?
Be sure to get all the insurance/payment
information worked out. If your insurance is not going to cover alternative
providers, find out why not and how can you get them to pay for the treatment.
Contact your local insurance commissioners office and start demanding
alternative health care. Write to the insurance
company and keep them informed of your health treatments and keep insisting
that they pay for it. Washington State is paving the way for alternative
treatments and insurance.
Interview the professional on
the first visit to make sure you feel comfortable with them. Do they
seem like a used car sales person or someone who is listening to your needs?
What is their treatment plan
going to be? Do they want you to come in everyday? Will they
refer to alternative practitioners? Are they trying to get their Mercedes paid for or get you healthy?
Then the most important question
- Are you feeling better? If you are not feeling somewhat better
within 3 months or so - start looking for other practitioners and resources.
Your Health is your responsibility. Doctors/practitioners are there
only to facilitate your own healing process with the knowledge they have
acquired and their personal experiences. Keep seeking answers.
Doctors/practitioners are not the ultimate answer. Seek support when
you need it. Your body actually knows better than anyone if you just
take the time to listen. You can go to 10 different massage therapists who
went to the same school and were even in the same class and they will tell you
10 different things to do or do 10 different techniques to treat the same
If massage didn't seem to help your condition, it does not mean
that massage will not help. It is usually a combination of the skill of
the therapist, the technique and the therapists personality that will allow for
healing. Keep trying different modalities
and therapists until you find the right combination.
While some associations recommend that you ask about credentials
and certifications, I have never felt that they were important. Being
Nationally Certified in Massage means you have studied for and passed a multiple
choice test. Going to a school that is highly credentialed means that they
paid a lot of money to the credentialing agency and have done what that agency
requires. It doesn't really mean anything about what kind of massage you do or
how qualified they are to work on what ever it is that you have. What
really makes a massage therapist is who they are, not what they know or
do. Different States require that a massage therapist be licensed in that
state. Licensing does not reduce prostitution or eliminate bad
therapists. You can read more about the licensing and legislation debate
in the massage profession and find out if your state requires licensing or not here.
Some abbreviations include CMT, LMT, LMP and vary state to state. No
wonder there is so much confusion about who to go to!
Licensing is different than credentialing or
certification. Each state determines their own licensing requirements or
in states like CA, each city has different rules and regulations.
Certification comes from training in a specialized branch or modality of
massage. Each different type of training will certify a student at their
Find someone close to your house or office. Find
someone who comes highly recommended by your friends or coworkers or others you
trust such as your MD/health care provider. Try many different therapists
and types of massage!
There are also many other types of therapy that can be used: acupuncture,
physical therapy, counseling/psychotherapy, movement based therapy,
hypnotherapy, Naturopathic Medicine.
There are many different paths to take. It is very confusing out
there. It takes diligence, patience and consistency in finding what will
create better health. It is your responsibility to keep searching or find
people to help you search. Your health is your responsibility.
Leaving it in the hands of one MD can be detrimental to your health.