Acupuncture Is To Be Covered By Healthcare Benefits

As part of Obamacare, acupuncture and select other complementary healing arts will be covered by major health insurance plans starting 2014 in California and Maryland. This absorption of acupuncture into mainstream medicine is largely due to it being cost effective and the growing demand from the public for natural healing alternatives. As a result, acupuncture will become a rapidly growing field increasing the demand for skilled acupuncturists.

According to Acupuncture Today, a British study was conducted, focusing specifically on acupuncture’s cost-effectiveness in treating chronic knee pain. The study concluded that one-third of patients with knee osteoarthritis, who were candidates for total knee replacement surgery, had achieved long-term symptom relief after two years. Published on Sept. 12, 2012, the study determined that the acupuncture treatments had saved approximately $162,000 per year for patients within the study group.

With data demonstrating acupuncture as being less costly and an effective complementary treatment for chronic pain, the demand for acupuncture professionals is projected to increase. For those considering a career as an acupuncturist, now is the right time to complete a degree in acupuncture or oriental medicine to meet the growing demand that will only increase in the future.

Do most clients prefer a masseuse or a masseur?

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, 85% of massage therapists are women. At first consideration, one may think that this statistic is due to career preference by the female gender. On the other hand, if you put yourself in place of the client, you begin to understand that your own biases drive your decision between receiving a massage from a man or a woman. A recent article in New York Times, “The First Issue in Any Massage”, states that most clients in spas of New York City will initially pick a masseuse. Women pick a female massage therapist for the same reason they pick a female OB/GYN – it is an intimate appointment during which the presence of a male is uncomfortable for many women. Men initially choose a masseuse because they do not want to be touched by a male, often for the fear of being considered gay. However, it is not unusual for clients to later change their minds and try out a massage therapist of a different gender. For instance, as men become more comfortable, they ask for a masseur to receive a stronger touch. Overall, female massage therapists dominate the field, but client retention comes down to the skill level of the individual professional.

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