National Occupation Code (NOC): 3236
Massage therapists assess soft tissues and joints of the body for treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders. Massage therapists work in private practice, including group or team practices, hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres and educational institutions.
Job Duties for Massage therapists
- Assess clients by conducting range of motion and muscle tests and propose treatment plans
- Explain procedures, risks and benefits to clients
- Administer massage techniques, treating soft tissues and joints of the body through soft tissue manipulation, relaxation techniques, hydrotherapy, trigger point therapy, joint pain and lower grade mobilizations, remedial exercise programs and client self-help programs
- Suggest home care instructions and provide information about techniques for further postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises
- Maintain records of treatments given
- May consult with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians and psychologists when developing treatment plans for clients.
Massage therapists may be trained in various specialized massage techniques.
Working Conditions for Massage therapists
Work is usually performed in a private clinic or associated healthcare facility. As workers use their arms and hands while standing for long periods of time, care must be taken to prevent injury to these parts of the body.
Alternate Job Titles
- Massage Therapist (MT)
- Masso Kinesitherapist
- MT (massage Therapist)
- Registered Massage Practitioner
- Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
- RMT (registered Massage Therapist)
- Thai Massage Therapist
- Therapist, Massage