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Why Everyone Should Learn CPR

Why Everyone Should Learn CPR

Most people probably don’t realize this about massage therapists, but in order to become a Board-certified massage therapist, we have to be CPR-certified, too. And, depending on what state you live in, we are required by law to have up-to-date CPR and First Aid certification in order to renew our licenses. This requires taking CPR and First Aid classes every couple of years to stay current. There are other requirements like 12 hours in continuing education each year and passing a background check. All these requirements aim to protect the public from uneducated and untrained therapists.

Though learning CPR and First Aid may seem unnecessary for most people, I can’t stress its importance for everyone enough, licensed massage therapists and the average citizen alike.

The Importance of Learning CPR

According to the American Heart Association, “Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.”

Since 88 percent of cardiac arrests happen at home, it’s likely that you or a loved one could be in need of CPR in the future. Witnessing a loved one experience cardiac arrest would be disturbing enough. What if no one there was able to help with CPR? The same goes for massage therapy.

A therapist can never assume what will happen during a session and it’s crucial that we be prepared for any kind of emergency situation, especially when it comes to older clients. Having the level of knowledge that CPR and First Aid provides enables massage therapists to have a better understanding of the human body and to respond appropriately if something goes wrong.

Stay Educated!

I just took a CPR and First Aid class last week. It’s funny because I always dread going, thinking that it takes time out of my busy schedule; but afterward I’m always so happy I went. I need that regular reminder of how to perform CPR and treat injuries in the event of an emergency. Hopefully I will never have to use any of the knowledge I gain in those classes, but it is comforting to know I can if the situation arises.

The American Heart Association makes it easy to find local CPR training centers near you. I highly recommend finding a training center and taking the power of this training into your own hands. If you’re a massage therapist and your certification is about to expire, I urge you to renew your certification as soon as possible! The knowledge is empowering and it gives you the tools to take action in emergency situations. I also think it goes a long way with clients if they know their therapist is prepared for any emergency situations. The same applies for the average person — learning CPR and First Aid can empower you to take action in the event of an emergency and help those who may need it in a dire situation.

Suzanne Schaper is a Board Certified Massage Therapist serving Lenexa and Overland Park, KS. She loves sharing her knowledge for health and wellness with her customers. "A life free of pain and disease is a more full life." Suzanne enjoys assisting her customers in their pursuit of health and happiness.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I really like your point that having the knowledge of how to do CPR is comforting to you. I’ve never had any kind of first aid training, and I’ve sometimes worried what would happen if I was suddenly in an emergency situation. I’ll definitely look into taking a course so I can rest easy knowing I have that knowledge and be prepared for an emergency. Thanks for the great post!

  2. It’s interesting that you mention that only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. I am living with my grandma to help be her caregiver and she has heart issues. I bet learning CPR would keep me less tense because I’ll know what to do if she goes into cardiac arrest.

    1. Hi Kate! Yes, I highly recommend taking CPR classes, especially if you are your grandma’s primary caregiver. Having that knowledge and training in case of an emergency is definitely comforting and can make all the difference for someone who might need it. It definitely helps put my mind at ease!

  3. I had no idea that 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home. If a loved one or friend goes into cardiac arrest and no one knows CPR, I bet the results are usually fatal. Knowing CPR is probably just a good skill to have in general in case it takes a long time for the paramedics to arrive.

  4. There really are a lot of reasons as to why someone might need CPR and I like that the article brings some of them up. After all, you never want to see a loved on or friend suddenly start to have medical problems and have no idea what to do. It is best to take the article’s advice and at least attend one class so that you have a basic idea of what you need to do.

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