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Do Chiropractors Work Well With Massage Therapists?

By Philip Vincent

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

Doctors of Chiropractic tend to need multiple appointments with their clients. More often than not a “round of treatments” is required for a chiropractor to cure a health condition. And even more common are regular appointments for chronic injuries. Having a licensed 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 a much needed service.

Massage therapist licensing requirements will vary from state to state. For the most part, a state license, test and annual fee are required to become a massage therapist. And with any business, there are legal ramifications. The massage therapy training is not nearly as extensive as a chiropractors, but it is certainly more than just a weekend course.

A massage therapist can typically work in a number of locations. A very common place to find them are at specialty sports locations, health clubs, or gyms. Even personal trainers use and refer people to massage therapists for deep tissue treatments.

Whereas chiropractors tend to be more clinical in nature, to be a successful massage therapist a great deal of costumer service is required. Also, in general chiropractors tend to be men, and massage therapists tend to be women. 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, male and female people 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 chiropractic doctor would work with a licensed massage therapist. Many different business owners across the spectrum utilize them to provide additional services to clients. It’s a truly win-win type of situation. As massage therapists and chiropractors become more and more respected within 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!

Philip Vincent is a health educator. Need a Louisville Chiropractor? Consider a visit to this Louisville Chiropractor.

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Vincent, Philip "Do Chiropractors Work Well With Massage Therapists?." Do Chiropractors Work Well With Massage Therapists?. 9 Jan. 2010. 7 Aug 2014 <>.

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