Massage Therapy Scope of Practice

The assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body, and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.

What Do Massage Therapists Treat?

Massage therapy treats specific health conditions, and the body as a whole. A variety of techniques and modalities may be used to achieve desired effects, according to your specific treatment goals, and the specific skillset of your massage therapist. Massage therapy has been found to be beneficial to support stress reduction, having direct and indirect effects on all the systems of the body. An increasing number of clinical research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increases endorphins.

During their extensive training, massage therapists study anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, pharmacology, thermal applications, and more. Your RMT will have knowledge of how to provide a safe treatment if you have a disability, an injury or illness, or are taking medications. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, demonstrating the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions. Massage therapy should also be considered an important part of a preventive care and rehabilitative program. Massage therapy is beneficial not just for injury, but also for wellness.

Conditions Commonly Treated with Massage Therapy

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