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The Importance of Anatomy and Physiology as a Therapist

Having knowledge of anatomy and physiology is crucial for massage and beauty therapists, and these two areas of study are the cornerstones of providing a good treatment to your clients.

The more you learn about how the body works, the more skilled you will become as a therapist.

It is important to acknowledge the role that anatomy and physiology play in providing an excellent treatment. Do you know what the facia is? How does a trigger point in the calf lead to a headache? If you are passionate about helping to re-establish your clients’ health and wellbeing, then you need to understand the significance of these questions.

Anatomy and physiology require significant study, and can be learned in many ways, including at a college, textbooks, videos, and online courses.

An excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology will allow you to see beneath your hands and understand the effects of your massage techniques. You will recognise how healthy tissue feel in contrast to areas that are tense or painful.

Understanding anatomy is also essential to a therapist’s own health and safety. If you experience sore thumbs, tired arms and low-back pain while performing massage, then you need to understand how your own muscles can adapt to posture, positions and stances to help relieve these problems.

As you learn more about anatomy and physiology, you will find yourself automatically correcting your own gait and posture and noticing when clients present with problems you can help them address.

Help your clients to help themselves. When identifying a knot, use your knowledge to help explain the inner workings of this to your client. If pain is clearly causing a client to suffer, then a massage therapist familiar with neuromuscular therapy will be able to suggest a course of action that will identify, locate, and address the source of pain.

Anatomy and physiology training should be included in your therapy education. You should know your tendinous tissue from overlapped muscles, and whether a tight muscle needs to be stretched, iced or rested.

Even after passing your massage or beauty course, a refresher course in anatomy and physiology are always available and a wise choice for any serious-minded therapist, or for anyone interested in how the body works. Developing an interest in how the body works should be a constant pursuit.

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