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Massage Therapists

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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Confer with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to determine how massage will be most helpful.
    • Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance.
    • Maintain massage areas by restocking supplies or sanitizing equipment.
    • Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.
    • Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.
    • Maintain treatment records.
    • Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.
    • Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises.
    • Prepare and blend oils and apply the blends to clients' skin.
    • Consult with other health care professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, and psychologists, to develop treatment plans for clients.
    • Perform other adjunctive therapies or treatment techniques in addition to massage.
    • Use complementary aids, such as infrared lamps, wet compresses, ice, and whirlpool baths to promote clients' recovery, relaxation, and well-being.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Dynamic Strength

      The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.

    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 48000/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 23.08/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,170
    • Yearly Projected Openings 480

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
    • Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy
    • Desktop computers
    • Bath robes
    • Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy

    Technology

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

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