The Average Salary of the Colon Hygienist
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A colon hygienist, sometimes referred to as a colon therapist or colonic therapist, is an alternative health care practitioner who uses specialized equipment to pump large amounts of water through the rectum and into the large intestines to remove toxins and impurities from the body. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track wages specifically for colon hygienists but the practice is closely identified with spa and massage therapists, according to the Spa and Beauty Education website. The state of Florida identifies colon irrigation as a practice of licensed massage therapists.
The median hourly wage for massage therapists in the United States was $16.78 as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle 50 percent of massage therapists earned between $11.64 and $24.72 per hour. The bottom 10 percent of U.S.-based massage therapists earned less than $8.64 per hour, while the top 10 percent earned more than $33.17 per hour. The Spa and Beauty Education website notes an individual colon therapy session can cost from $55 to $95.
Hourly wages for massage therapists can vary significantly based on the geographic region where the therapist works. Therapists who worked in Alaska earned the highest mean hourly wages for their occupation at $41.47. Therapists who worked in California earned mean hourly wages of $18.71, while those in Washington state earned mean wages of $26.33 per hour.
Colonic irrigation machines are Class III prescription medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and can only be legally marketed for medically necessary colon cleansing, typically to prepare patients for an examination such as an x-ray or endoscopic exam. Most colon hygienists, other than licensed massage therapists in Florida, must practice under the supervision of a licensed physician. Therapists in private doctors' offices earned mean hourly wages of $20.90 as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The American Cancer Society notes that there is no available scientific evidence to support any health benefit claims for colon therapy. Current scientific evidence does not support the claim that toxins accumulate on the walls of the large intestine or that poor elimination of waste can cause a toxic buildup in the body. Colon therapy may result in illness or death due to electrolyte imbalance, contaminated equipment or perforation of the walls of the intestines, according to the American Cancer Society.