Some in the massage profession avoid discussions about courses like "medical massage" or even The Chiropractic-Integrated Massage Practice, fearing it could pave the way for increased requirements for massage schools and massage therapists.
I personally don't get involved in political discussions in the massage profession. As far as I'm concerned, that's up to the school owners and association leaders to determine.
Nor do I advocate any particular type of massage approach or way to practice, as long as it's legal, ethical and plausible.
There will always be a spectrum of approaches and practitioners⎯and a need for all of them⎯ranging from gentle soothing relaxation massage to orthopedic, deep tissue, zero balancing type work.
Suggesting approaches such as those taught in medical massage, or that teach you how to practice integratively with DC's, does NOT negate the importance or need for other forms of massage. It simply advocates the merits of those approaches.
Here’s the key concept to stay focussed on: When it comes to health care, do you want to limit your thinking and not see that different approaches along the spectrum all have their place?
Isn't your aim to assess and provide the best approaches for clients and patients along the spectrum that best meet their needs?
Different massage courses offer the opportunity for you to provide care along a broader area of the health care spectrum.
Everyone benefits when massage expands and embraces the spectrum.