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Massage Therapists and Consumers Should Seek Out a National Credential For Safe Practice

  [ 7 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • June 13, 2002

MCLEAN, Va., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- With massage therapy now an integral
part of treatment for arthritis, sports injury and pregnancy, it's more
important than ever to know that your therapist is a trained, Nationally
Certified practitioner.

New research released today by the National
Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) in
partnership with Harris Interactive, shows that 72% of Americans don't know
whether their State establishes requirements for eligibility to practice
massage therapy. In addition, research finds that 47% of those surveyed would
consider massage therapy as a solution to a serious health issue such as
injury or illness.

To address the lack of information that often surrounds the practice of
massage, the NCBTMB kicks off Massage Safety Week (May 19-25).

Massage Safety Week is designed to shine a light on the importance of
standards of ethical and professional practice in massage, and to let every
American understand that they should receive massage therapy from a qualified
practitioner. This year, the NCBTMB will focus on not only educating the
public about seeing safe, qualified practitioners, but also to reveal the
benefits massage has for pregnancy, sports injury and seniors. As part of
Massage Safety Week a survey was conducted for each category, the results of
which will be released beginning Monday, May 20th.

Christine D. Niero, Ph.D., executive director of the NCBTMB, stated: "Each
year, massage therapy helps millions of Americans. It isn't enough, however,
for people to know that massage makes them feel good -- it is crucial that
everyone knows why it is important to choose a massage therapist with a
National credential, such as the NCTMB. That is why in our first-ever Massage
Safety Week -- started in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of our
National Certification Exam -- our goal is to not only educate consumers on
the benefits of massage, but also to get the word out about certification."

Since 1992, NCBTMB has raised awareness about certification in massage
therapy and bodywork among consumers, health care professionals and
practitioners. In that effort, the organization has certified over 55,000
massage therapists and bodyworkers -- a number that is up 25% in the last
year. In addition, there has been a 70% increase in use of the National
Certification Exam in State and local massage laws across the country compared
to just five years ago.


The NCBTMB is an independent, private, non-profit organization, founded in
1992, whose core purpose is to foster high standards for therapeutic massage
and bodywork professionals and to advocate for the public acceptance of the
value of these standards and the professionals who uphold them. NCBTMB is a
member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Coalition
for Processional Certification (CPC). NCBTMB has been accredited by the
National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1993. Currently,
there are over 55,000 Nationally Certified massage therapists and bodyworkers
in the United States. Additional information can be found at

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