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Advanced Therapeutic Massage Program: What You’ll Learn

The format and pass requirements are the same as first year, but the program runs for 10 months instead of 7, and is recognized for 1280 hours. Successful completion of both courses entitles the student to receive a diploma of Advanced Therapeutic Massage: Clinical Assessment and Correction Specialty (2288 hours). Upon successful completion of the Advanced Therapeutic Massage course, graduates will possess the following skills:

Safety of the Therapist & Clients

1. Contraindications to Massage Therapy 

  • Ability to identify contraindicated conditions at a more comprehensive level
  • Explain why the contraindication exists and the systems involved at a more comprehensive level
  • Know when treatment modification is appropriate and why at a more comprehensive level
  • Know what modifications are appropriate and how to apply them at a more comprehensive level

2. Basic Draping, Positioning and Turning Techniques 

  • Clearly direct the client regarding getting on and off of the table
  • Exhibit proper draping and bolstering techniques
  • Exhibit proper positioning and turning of the client
  • Exhibit competency positioning the elderly and/or infirm, clients with casts, clients confined to a wheelchair

3. Environment for Practicing Massage Therapy 

  • Prepare and maintain a hazard free clinical environment
  • Exhibit appropriate personal and clinical hygiene
  • Exhibit appropriate clinical dress and conduct
  • Properly launder supplies
  • Appropriate choice and use of supplies
  • Appropriate advertising, promotions and venue association

4. Communication Skills 

  • Awareness and respect of emotional and physical boundaries of the client
  • Awareness and respect of emotional and physical boundaries of the therapist
  • Provision of a professional non-threatening environment
  • Ability to maintain clear open communication
  • The ability to explain the responsibilities of both client and therapist to identify and appropriately address physical or emotional discomfort during a treatment
  • To request permission to proceed with treatment when required
  • Ability to communicate with underage and/ or elderly or infirm clients and their caregivers

5. Professionalism and Ethics 

  • Differentiate between the legal and ethical responsibilities of the massage therapist
  • Explain why confidentiality is important and how to maintain client confidentiality
  • Explain the importance of the right to refuse treatment by the client or therapist
  • Confidently provide suitable responses to boundary violations
  • Explain and maintain zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior including that of a sexual nature
  • Recognize treatment limitations
  • Refer clients to other health care professionals when appropriate
  • Describe the Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice guidelines of their personal associations
  • Describe the business regulations of the student's relevant jurisdiction

6. Self-Care for Massage Therapists 

  • Demonstrate body awareness and proper body mechanics during treatments
  • Demonstrate ability to use alternate techniques based on the available energy level of the therapist
  • Ability to identify preferences regarding treatment types, lengths and hours of employment
  • Awareness of personal and professional goals and limitations
  • Exhibit awareness of personal biases and how to manage them
  • Self-care techniques
  • Use of suitable stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Explain the physical and time constraints of treatment times
  • Explain the financial implications of these limitations

Advanced Information Assessment

1. Pathophysiology 

  • Describe the concept of the homeostatic mechanism at the general systemic and cellular levels, and how this is reflected in healthy and unhealthy tissue function
  • Describe the concept of the homeostatic mechanism at the systemic and cellular levels, and how this is reflected in healthy and unhealthy tissue function
  • Describe primary and secondary causes of the disease process
  • Describe the inflammatory response and its chronological progression
  • Explain the role of the immune system in the inflammatory response
  • Explain edema
  • Describe desirable and undesirable types of tissue repair
  • Describe how to manipulate scar tissue for optimal health
  • Describe the mechanism and presentation of injuries and congenital and idiopathic disease states
  • Explain the effects of massage therapy on injuries and idiopathic and congenital diseases
  • Describe pain, its causes and effects, and how to determine acceptable levels during treatment
  • Identify nociception sites of the various body systems
  • Explain how to discriminate between personality types and resultant pain perception
  • Effectively communicate realistic expectations regarding pain during the treatment process and afterwards

2. Systems 

  • Explain the in depth structural and functional organization of the following subjects
  • Explain the physiological effects of stress, injury and disease of the following subjects
  • Explain how to affect the mechanisms of repair of the following subjects with therapeutic massage techniques
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of Universal Precautions when providing massage therapy
  • Explain the general and specific limitations and effects of massage therapy on the following subjects:
  • Histology
  • Arthrology
  • Osteology
  • Myology
  • Cardiovascular systems
  • Lymphatics
  • Immune systems
  • Digestive system
  • Urinary system
  • Respiratory system
  • Central nervous system
  • Peripheral nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Integument

Information Gathering

1. Terminology 

  • Exhibit proper spelling and usage of medical terminology when communicating with colleagues
  • Have the ability to describe the same structures in layman's terms when dealing with clients
  • Proper understanding and usage of anatomical terms of direction and movement
  • Understanding of proper posture, anatomical position, and other Western medical terms

2. Advanced Anatomy & Physiology 

  • Identify, label and palpate bones and bony landmarks at a more comprehensive level
  • Identify, label and palpate joints and joint structures at a more comprehensive level
  • Identify, label and/or palpate muscles, fiber directions, origins and insertions at a more comprehensive level
  • Identify the actions, innervation and vascular supply of muscles
  • Describe the range of motion, flexibility ranges of healthy and unhealthy structures
  • Explain how to recognize and identify basic signs and symptoms of common pathological states
  • Explain how to recognize and identify specific signs and symptoms of various pathological states
  • Define, compare and contrast the terms clinical signs and clinical symptoms
  • Identify signs and symptoms of common inflammatory, infective and traumatic tissue conditions
  • Identify and explain common surgical procedures and their impact on tissue health

3. Advanced Assessment and Treatment Techniques 

  • Collect and interpret relevant data in a pre-treatment interview
  • Develop client intake forms
  • Clarify desired treatment result with client
  • Maintain client feedback during treatment
  • Provide a relevant treatment
  • Provide a relevant corrective treatment
  • Assess the efficacy of the treatment
  • Record and track the efficacy of the corrective treatments
  • Ability to document treatments and to compile reports and correspondence as required
  • Explain likely post treatment effects
  • Clarify if further treatments are required
  • Demonstrate proper osteopathic and orthopaedic testing techniques
  • Describe palpatory procedures to identify soft tissue lesions

4. Various Complimentary Therapies 

  • Explain awareness of the various allopathic and holistic therapies in an unbiased manner
  • Explain the philosophies, advantages, limitations and applications of various allopathic and holistic complimentary therapies in an unbiased manner

Advanced Implementation of Treatment Plan

1. Massage Techniques 

  • Describe and demonstrate advanced massage techniques and specialized applications
  • Apply the massage techniques that will best achieve the intended result
  • Integrate various massage techniques with non-ballistic joint manipulations to achieve desired results

2. Pathophysiology 

  • Explain the primary distinguishing characteristics of different tissue types
  • Explain the possible effects of various massage techniques on tissue types at a more complex level
  • Ability to adjust techniques based on the state of health of the various tissues
  • Describe the implications of various common medications to the application of massage techniques
  • Describe the implications of surgeries, injections and pregnancy to the application of massage techniques

3. Assessment and Treatment 

  • Formulate a plausible functional hypothesis regarding soft tissue dysfunction based on collected data
  • Utilize osteopathic and orthopaedic techniques to verify the hypothesis and to correct the problem
  • Develop a treatment plan
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan including timelines and desired outcome
  • Demonstrate appropriate massage techniques to achieve the desired outcome
  • Explain and utilize hydrotherapy applications
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate treatment efficacy
  • Describe post-therapeutic advice including lifestyle changes and ergonomic improvements for clients
  • Clearly advise clients how to initiate and maintain these changes
  • Formulate a realistic therapeutic exercise plan for clients
  • Provide an exercise/stretch repertoire for specific musculoskeletal dysfunctions

Do you have any questions about our Advanced Program and its curriculum? Call us or e-mail us to discuss and we’ll be happy to help.

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