Nurse Massage Therapy
Nurse massage therapy is completed by a licensed nurse who also has a massage license from completing an additional 500 hours of education in therapeutic massage and bodywork. Thus, they have specialized knowledge in massage and bodywork combined with their training as a registered nurse.
Nurse massage therapy uses a hands-on approach to the healing process. This new approach to patient recovery recognizes the important of balancing the advanced technologies and current trends in today’s technology based world, with the personal touch of a massage therapist’s hand. It is based on the belief that Nurse Massage Therapy greatly enhances the healing process and the overall wellbeing of the patient. That is why this therapy is usually used in combination with other medical treatments and practices.
Nurses who perform massage therapy have been trained in different massage techniques. Depending on the specific training, the techniques used may vary and will also depend on the individual needs of the patient. Usually they will have been trained in techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, neuromuscular re-education, manual lymph drainage, soft tissue mobilization, acupressure, and many others. Also, because of the specific training that comes with being a registered nurse, they can also offer you basic knowledge about caring for your body, as well as supply you with information on nutrition and diet. The main idea behind the treatment is to balance all the body systems and regions, especially the neuromuscular-skeletal system.
Nurse massage therapy is different from massages that are strictly focused on rest and relaxation, such as Swedish massage. Nurse massage is performed over the clothes and does not involve any massage oils. It focuses on muscle strengthening and rehabilitation. It is used to help patients recover more quickly from injury and illness, while also providing relief from any pain or discomfort they may be experiencing during the healing period.
Nurse massage therapists work in a number of settings. Some of which include public healthcare, private practice, joint practice with healthcare professionals, nursing homes, hospitals, community health, rehabilitation centers, and hospices. Currently nurse massage therapy only occupies a small percentage of the massage industry, but it seems like a practice that could be becoming more popular once the benefits are realized.