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April 4, 2008

Working In Other Massage Venues

Last weekend I went through my blog history and discovered several blog ideas from 2003, back when I first started posting. I jotted down some ideas, but never fleshed them out, so I thought it would be fun to share some of them this week. I'm posting the original idea, fleshing it out where needed or updating the information if possible. I'm also providing a link to any post that I eventually did make on the topic if I can find it. Today's post:

From August 1, 2004: Massage In A Chiropractic Setting
A reader writes that she would like to see more about what it would be like to work in different venues that offer massage. I can only comment on my own experiences and the comments of my peers.

I had considered working in a chiropractic office when I got out of school because the therapeutic focus of my practice would mesh nicely in that environment. I interviewed with two or three chiropractic doctors, and though all seemed interested in my work, I got no serious offers for a job or office space.

One peer in my town did rent office space from a chiropractor, but the doctor was not referring his patients to the massage therapist, so their practice didn't grow as quickly as they expected. In Alabama, massage is not covered by the insurance. Chiropractic care is covered by this insurance but in a limited capacity. In order for massage to be covered, the massage has to performed by, or, at least, performed under the supervision of the doctor. The doctor, then, dictates the treatment, limiting the creativity and decision-making capacity of the massage therapist. It's not a scenario where I would be happy working.

Secondly, in states where a therapist's massage is covered by insurance, payment is not made at the time of services. And in cases of automobile accidents and workman's compensation, cases can drag on for years. The payment is not made to the therapist until the case is settled. Given the transient nature of many massage therapists, their money would have a hard time finding them.

The scenarios I have outlined, again, are my own or the experiences of other therapists. There are lots of wonderful chiropractors out there who would love to have a massage therapist working at their office. Every organization runs things differently, depending upon their world view and state and local laws. I would love to hear from other therapists about their experience working in chiropractic office settings. Keep those comments and e-mails coming.


Posted by linda at April 4, 2008 1:08 PM

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