Episode 12 – Impact of Massage Therapy in Hospital Settings

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Episode 12 – The Role and Impact of Massage Therapy in Hospital Settings with Xerlan Deery, LMT, BCTMB


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In this episode of Collaborative Connections, host Ericka Clinton interviews Xerlan Deery, to delve into the instrumental role of massage therapy within hospital environments. With over 35 years of experience, Xerlan brings a wealth of knowledge, sharing insights on how massage therapy can significantly enhance patient care and the growing acceptance of insurance coverage for this vital service. 

Xerlan and Ericka discuss the unique challenges that hospital-based massage therapists face, such as securing proper workspace and obtaining comprehensive hospital orientation. Xerlan underscores the importance of employing consultants to design effective and safe massage therapy programs, potentially enriching the community and easing the workload on nurses by addressing individual patient needs. 

Listeners will gain a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted skill set required for hospital-based massage therapists, including the ability to navigate various medical conditions and integrate seamlessly within a healthcare team. Xerlan also touches on the need for robust patient feedback to help hospitals recognize the immense value and return on investment that massage therapy offers. 

Topics discussed: 

  • The Importance of Massage Therapy in Hospital Settings 
  • Challenges Faced by Hospital-Based Massage Therapists 
  • Role of Consultants in Hospital-Based Massage Programs 
  • Understanding Hospital Priorities 
  • Benefits and Skill Sets for Hospital-Based Massage Therapists 
  • Building a Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Program

More About Xerlan Deery, LMT, BCTMB 

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Xerlan Deery is a Licensed and Board Certified Massage Therapist, Educator and Healthcare Consultant with a passion for integrating massage therapy into healthcare settings. With over 35 years of experience, Xerlan focuses on evidence-informed, safe and effective care for active and medically involved humans, and collaboration with healthcare teams.  

Throughout her career, Xerlan has held various roles, including working in hospitals as a massage therapist, foundational massage therapy instructor, continuing education provider, Hospital-Based Massage Consultant, and expert witness. Xerlan has also founded and owned a massage school and a multi-disciplinary practice. Xerlan’s commitment to the profession is evident in her involvement in numerous organizations such as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), and Unite for Her (UFH). Her contributions to the field of massage therapy have been recognized through various awards, including the Healing Hands Award from the Y-Me Breast Cancer Network of Strength and the AMTA National Mentor of the Year Award.

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