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Massage Therapists
District Of Columbia

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Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $11.57 - $19.73

Typical Annual Salary: $24,100 - $41,000

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance.
  • Confer with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to determine how massage will be most helpful.
  • Maintain treatment records.
  • Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.
  • Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.
  • Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.
  • Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises.
  • Treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients' offices and homes.
  • Refer clients to other types of therapists when necessary.
  • Consult with other health care professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, and psychologists, to develop treatment plans for clients.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
  • Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy
  • Medical heat lamps or accessories
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems

Technology:
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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