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

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.

About NCBTMB

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

http://www.ncbtmb.com.

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