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Massage Therapist Resources

Kelly Butterfield, LMT

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Tips For Effective Massage Therapy Documentation SOAP Notes

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Mar 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Massage therapists and other health care professionals often use SOAP notes to document clients' health records. SOAP notes (an acronym for subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) have become a standardized form of note-taking and are critically important for a variety reasons.

Why are they so important? We are happy you asked.

In this article, we'll cover some common ways to document your SOAP notes in a massage therapy setting, as well as the role of client intake forms in your practice.

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7 Effective Self-Care Tips for Massage Therapists

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Feb 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Massage therapists work to help people feel their very best, because when a person feels their best they can give their best to the world too.

Massage therapy can be a comfortable, rewarding, and long-lasting career. There are some ways to help you achieve this with a greater sense of ease because the work that you do should feel good for you.

The last thing you want is to get burnt out or injured from overwork. In this article, we'll give you 7 key tips for massage therapist self-care.


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Tips for Treating Clients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Feb 5, 2018 4:48:24 PM

Because of a similar pain pattern, thoracic outlet syndrome is sometimes mistaken for carpal tunnel syndrome.

But thoracic outlet syndrome is unique in that it usually can be distinguished by a pain that originates in the shoulder and extends all the way down the arm. This uncomfortable feeling is sometimes due to an impingement of the brachial nerve.

In this training video, see how you can identify and treat thoracic outlet syndrome during a chair massage session.

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Chair Massage Techniques to Save Your Thumbs [video]

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Nov 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

To guarantee a long-lasting career, you'll want to use the best body mechanics possible.

One common mistake that massage therapists make is to over-use their thumbs. To protect your joints, you will want to make sure that you are not generating the force behind your massage with the strength of your thumbs alone.

Using your forearms and elbows as tools instead can really save you and your career!

In this article, we'll cover some ways you can keep your thumbs safe when giving a massage.

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Subscapularis Muscle and Myofascial Chair Massage Techniques

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Nov 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As a massage therapist, you may be wondering how you can provide your client with a relaxing chair massage that will effectively reduce their muscle pain and/or tightness.

By incorporating myofascial techniques into your chair massage services, we hope that you will be able to enhance your skills and practice, and help your clients feel their very best!

In this video, Ryan demonstrates effective techniques for working on the subscapularis muscle during a chair massage.

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