Posture in a Massage Therapy Practice
Posted by Renee North, CPEP on 13th Mar 2023
As a massage therapist, incorporating posture assessment into your practice can provide numerous benefits for both you and your clients. By understanding the importance of good posture and assessing your clients' postural imbalances, you can develop a more effective treatment plan, improve treatment outcomes, and differentiate your practice from others. In this way, posture assessment can be an excellent way to enhance the value and success of your massage therapy practice.
Benefits of Posture Assessment & Correction
- - Providing a more comprehensive understanding of the client's condition: Posture assessment can help identify the client's postural imbalances and how they relate to their musculoskeletal problems. This information can be used to develop a more effective treatment plan, which may lead to better outcomes for the client.
- - Helping to identify potential issues before they become serious: Early detection of postural imbalances can prevent future problems, such as chronic pain, and help the client to address these imbalances before they become serious.
- - Improving treatment outcomes: Addressing postural imbalances can improve the effectiveness of massage therapy by reducing stress on certain muscles and joints and improving overall body alignment. This can lead to better treatment outcomes and increased client satisfaction.
- - Distinguishing the massage therapist's practice from others: By offering a posture assessment as part of their practice, a massage therapist can differentiate themselves from other massage therapists who do not offer this service. This can attract more clients and lead to increased revenue.
Overall, adding posture assessment to their practice can provide a massage therapist with a more comprehensive understanding of their client's condition, help prevent future issues, improve treatment outcomes, and differentiate their practice from others.
Quick Start on a New Service
Here are some easy ways for a massage therapist to start offering posture assessment as a new service.
1. Educate yourself: Start by learning more about posture assessment. Posture Pictures is a book that is a fast-read but provides a wealth of info about everything you need to know about providing this service. There are also some great articles that cover the basics of posture assessment like this one from Posture Practice. This will help you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively assess your clients' posture.
2. Integrate posture assessment into your intake process: When taking on a new client, ask them to fill out a posture assessment form. This will give you an initial idea of their postural imbalances and help you to develop a treatment plan. PostureZone offers these free posture forms and these free posture handouts with every posture grid purchase!
3. Use visual aids: Use a posture grid to visually show your clients their postural imbalances. A posture grid is a chart that shows the body in different positions, and it can be used to identify areas of the body where postural imbalances exist. By showing your clients their posture picture taken in front of a grid, you can help massage clients to understand the importance of addressing their posture and motivate them to make changes. Additionally, using a posture grid during the assessment process can help you to develop a more comprehensive understanding of your client's condition and provide a more effective treatment plan.
4. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals: Consider collaborating with other healthcare professionals, such as chiropractors or physical therapists, who may also be interested in posture assessment. This can lead to increased referrals and a broader network of clients. One such network is CPEP (Certified Posture Exercise Professionals) a program that certifies massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors and other health practitioners as posture specialists. This network works together to provide cross referrals.
Little Changes Big Results
As a massage therapist, adding posture assessment to your therapeutic practice can be a great decision for both your clients and your business. By offering this additional service, you'll provide your clients with a more comprehensive understanding of their condition and develop a more effective massage treatment plan to help them achieve their goals.
Assessing your clients' postural imbalances can also help prevent future issues and improve treatment outcomes, leading to increased client satisfaction and positive reviews.
Additionally, offering posture assessment can help differentiate your practice from others and attract new clients, ultimately leading to increased revenue and growth. So, don't hesitate to start incorporating posture assessment into your practice and see the benefits for yourself and your clients.