183753 Role of National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in CAM and Public Health

Monday, October 27, 2008: 5:10 PM

Donna Feeley, MPH, RN , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Falls Church, VA
Massage and bodywork therapies are increasingly gaining greater acceptance in the health care industry as an integral component of the complementary and alternative medicine and health care market. As the population receiving these services is growing, there is an increased need for public health professionals to become responsibly aware and educated about the value and role of national certification in addition to the expanding legislative requirements across the nation. This presentation will provide an overview of the relevance of certification for the public health community as it relates to CAM, health promotion and public safety. Current and projected educational requirements, standards and scope of practice of therapeutic massage will also be addressed. As trends in the CAM arena are demonstrating an evolving demand for multi-level and advanced credentialing for massage therapy, the implications for public health relevance will increase. Utilization of services by hospitals, clinical offices and health promotion settings will increasingly require specialization and evidenced based referrals. Disaster stress reduction, occupational injury management, hospice care to general relaxation exemplify the broad-based range of areas that massage therapy will be integrated as a component of the public health profession in the near future.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify why therapeutic massage and bodywork are and integral component of public health, health promotion and complementary health care. 2. Recognize areas where massage therapy and bodywork can benefit the field of public health 3. Describe the benefits that nationally certified massage and bodywork therapists bring to the field of public health and CAM 4. Identify how national certification assists in public safety 5. Identify the number of states requiring legislation and national certification. 6. Identify the issues facing the massage profession and their impact on public health

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Certification

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Faculty, Johns Hopkins University; Board Chair, National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.