Choosing a professional Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Pennsylvania guarantees a Massage treatment that is safe, high quality, and much more likely to be effective.
Soft tissues include muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Many people book or ask for a massage when they want to relax, because massage usually relieves aches and pains and boosts feelings of wellbeing. People love the sense of care that touch provides and gentle massage is often the favourite part of a pampering session, whether from friends or at a spa. Massage is a generally a great way for people to experience an immediate improvement to their quality of life.
But many people don’t realize that Massage Therapy is also a clinically-oriented healthcare option for a really wide range of injuries, illnesses and disabilities and for people of all ages and body types. Massage Therapy can alleviate acute muscle pain and tension, pressure on nerves, overuse injuries and sports injuries including tendon strains and ligament sprains. It can also help with chronic conditions such as poor circulation, stress-related disorders, insomnia, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and jaw joint problems.
So, while a buddy or the masseur at the local spa may provide a seriously good massage that leaves a person feeling calm and replenished, they aren’t qualified to diagnose and treat health conditions. And choosing an LMT over an unlicensed practitioner means accessing support from a professional who has undertaken over 3000 hours of training!
A Licensed Massage Therapist will ask each client to fill out a confidential medical history form when they arrive for their first treatment. They will ask the right questions and make careful observations of each client’s soft tissue and musculoskeletal condition long before any treatment begins. LMTs have a broad training that includes anatomy, physiology, and neurology and will be equipped to holistically assess the client’s health condition and the likelihood and trajectory of recovery.
An LMT will follow a structured protocol and develop an individual Treatment Plan with each client. They will discuss personal treatment goals and listen carefully to client needs, and change the plan as the treatments proceed and needs change. LMTs are trained in a wide variety of techniques, theories and methods of massage, so are well equipped to suggest and provide the best evidence-based treatments to restore and maintain optimal health. They’re also trained in remedial exercises and may offer a client stretching and strengthening exercises and a self-care regime to continue at home.
LMTs are trained to get results and to continually monitor the client’s body for improvements. If the condition isn’t improving after 3-6 treatments, the LMT will try something different, research a new strategy, or refer their client to a different specialist. LMTs are trained to be accountable and trustworthy. What they won’t do is continue and repeat the treatment when there’s no clear sign of overall improvement, wasting a client’s time and money.
Clarity about the specific need, and wherein the body an issue is manifesting can help when choosing the right LMT for the job. Therapists may focus on different kinds of injuries, areas of the body or treatment types. Some understanding is useful for finding a good match when contacting LMTs or reading their websites.
Chatting to a Licensed Massage Therapist before going for treatment can help in gauging comfort levels with their communication style, personality, and level of professionalism. Choosing the gender that feels most comfortable and checking in about the space and vibe before booking helps align expectations ahead of the treatment and ultimately helps create the conditions for a successful treatment. For example, a client may wish to remain partially clothed. They may prefer small talk, silence, or an in-depth scientific commentary on what’s happening as the treatment progresses. Checking in helps to make sure the LMT is a good fit.