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MamaBear May 24th 2012 06:28 PM

Massage Therapist?
Thank you in advance for reading this and any and all comments/helpful advice you can give me. I really do appreciate it.

So as of late I have been thinking of becoming a massage therapist. Not to toot my own horn but I have been pretty good at this for as long as I can remember. So here comes my question; can you still become a massage therapist with bad wrists and weak hands?
Last year I broke the growth plate in my left wrist, the doctors said I was luckly and nearly needed surgery if it had been any worse. So naturally I needed to be in a cast and as such had to do everything with my right hand. A year later my left wrist is still extremely weak and from over working my right that one is too. My right can withstand a little bit more then my left, for example; I was massaging my moms back last night before I went to bed and my left wrist popped, it hurt so bad I had to stop and its still aching today. I originally wasn't even supposed to be let out of my cast as early as I was but I was so *shrugs* my wrist doctor (I can't remember what that sort of doctor is called so I just called him that) actually instructed me to take a couple of classes that would help me regain my movement in my wrist and wanted me to come see him every other week. Well neither happened, trust me I was extremely upset by the fact that it didn't happen either. I wanted my wrist to be normal too! But now it must be way to late to do anything about it anyways so no use in telling me I was stupid for not going.
On to my hands. I'm double jointed in nearly all of my fingers and as such with certain fingers, like my pinkies and thumbs, I have a harder time moving them in fluid motions and have to crack them often. I know that's a bad habit, trust me everyone and their mother has already told me so.
Anyways back on topic. So with these problems would I be able to work as a massage therapist or should I just give up on that now and not waste any time or money?

MindBodySpirit May 25th 2012 03:26 AM

Re: Massage Therapist?
There might be some limitations, but it's still possible. A good massage therapist relies more on body mechanics than on strength. It's also possible to avoid using your hands for the majority of your treatment. I know a massage therapist that uses her elbow and forearms for almost everything. Plus, if you're treating trigger points, you can use thumb savers. With some extra tools or training, you could have a long career, still. However, you'll have to weight the pros and cons yourself. I'd go around to the massage schools in your area, and learn specifics about what techniques you'd be learning. Ask some practising therapists as well.

But I would like to say a good massage therapist is more than just giving relaxing massages. You should actually be able to treat different pathologies effectively, and that's not something that everybody is ready for.

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