Where Do You Work? Integrating a Massage and Health Care Background

"The focus will be to educate massage therapists about this new technique and how it has such a tremendous impact on our patients’ recovery," says Elizabeth McIntyre, who will present information about "Anterior Hip Replacements: What Massage Therapists Need to Know," at the AMTA 2013 National Convention. Read Elizabeth's story below.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in massage therapy?

Over the past 14 years, I’ve been able to integrate my health care and therapeutic massage knowledge to provide care for many clients who have problem areas. To be able to treat people with additonal and optional approaches to make them feel better is such a win-win relationship for the client and massage therapist.  

How has your background in nursing impacted your approach to massage therapy?

My nursing background is such an asset in assessing clients, teaching them about the problem areas and explaining the plan of care. Nurses have a tremendous comfort zone with patients and understand the importance of pain relief and optimizing one’s ability to function. Due to my nursing experience, I’m able to practice within a variety of health care arenas with ease, as well as have my office. 

What types of education have aided in your success?

Continuing education in massage therapy is so important. One needs to continually expand the number of tools in their tool box to better meet the demands of clients. The techniques that I use most frequently are NMT, MFR and orthopedic massage.

What are some of the take-aways from your session that attendees won’t read about in the session description?

Due to the surgical technique and the use of technology in this procedure, patients are up walking the next day with minimal to no pain. Patients are going back to work within three weeks. In my session, participants will learn about patients’ conditions pre-surgery, why massage therapy is a treatment modality, understand the surgical procedure and its benefits, as well as how to work on the patients post-operatively.

How has being an AMTA member impacted your career?

I primarily joined AMTA to support a national organization, to represent massage therapists in the U.S. and to be informed of legislative issues.

Learn more about the AMTA National Convention as well as Elizabeth's session »


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