Quality care being provided by Members of the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan
This Standards of Practice document was developed to ensure that Standards are set that lead to high quality care being provided by Members of the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS). It will assist members of the public and other health care professionals to understand the duties and responsibilities of massage therapists.
|The Practice of Massage Therapy|
The duty of the Registered Massage Therapist is to deliver assessment and therapeutic treatment that assist the Client in reaching a desired health outcome.
The purpose of treatment is to develop, maintain, rehabilitate, or augment physical functioning, relieve or prevent physical dysfunction and pain, and to enhance the well being of the Client.
The practice of massage therapy is 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 mobilization and other manual methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.
The following are acts of professional misconduct:
THE PRACTICE OF THE PROFESSION AND THE CARE OF, AND RELATIONSHIP WITH CLIENT
|Needs Assessment and Treatment Planning|
A needs assessment must be conducts and a treatment plan proposed prior to treatment of the Client.
Where an assessment determines the Client's condition is beyond the Massage Therapist's scope of practice, the Therapist is expected to refer the Client to the appropriate health care practitioner. When referring to a health care practitioner, the Therapist is expected to ensure that the reason(s) for the referral and relevant clinical information are conveyed to that Practitioner.
The needs assessment includes:
On completion of the Client needs assessment, the Therapist will determine a treatment plan, which includes:
|Certification and Title|
|Policy:||A Certificate of Registration will be issued to the Therapist by the MTAS upon successful completion of the Entrance to Practice Examination.
The certificate must be displayed in a prominent place in the Therapist's principal place of work for inspection and recognition by any citizen. The certificate is not to be duplicated and is non-transferable, nor may it be "leased out" to unregistered facilities or persons and any time for any purpose by the Therapist.
A current Massage Therapist is entitled to use the title "Massage Therapist", "Registered Massage Therapist", and the designation of "M.T.", or "R.M.T.".
A Therapist or establishment will not hire any person to administer any form of massage treatment unless the individual is a current Massage Therapist holding a valid Certificate of Registration issued by the MTAS.
The practice of Massage Therapy includes the keeping of current client records. These will be stored securely and kept for a minimum of five years after the last appointment date, after which they may be destroyed. Destruction will be by methods that protect Client confidentiality.
Client Records include:
Client information, both verbal and written, is confidential and will be safeguarded by the Therapist. Written authorization is required and will be obtained prior to all communications concerning the client's records.
Client Records will be stored securely. The location for storage is the responsibility of the Therapist.
A failure to maintain records in accordance with accepted professional standards constitutes professional misconduct.
The fee structure and Client's method of payment will be agreed upon prior to treatment. Fees for services should be appropriate and reasonable.
The Client is entitled to an official receipt for all payments made to the Therapist. Each receipt will include the date, treatment given, fee received, Therapist's name, designation, registration number and signature, and may include the location and nature of practice. A Massage Therapist my not issue receipts in blank to anyone for any purpose. All receipts issued must be signed and delivered to the Client receiving the massage therapy service. A failure to follow this policy may facilitate an improper payment by underwriting health care insurers and expose the Member to potential civil and/or criminal proceedings in addition to charges of professional misconduct.
The Massage Therapist must follow practices to ensure delivery of high quality treatment.
The Massage Therapist will maintain their premises (including supplies) in a sanitary manner. This includes adherence to technique of communicable disease control.
The Massage Therapist will respect all pertinent reporting requirements outlined in legislation regarding child abuse. The Therapist is required under Section 12.1 of the Child and Family Services Act of the Province of Saskatchewan to report all suspected child abuse.
It is incumbent upon the Therapist to assure the privacy and respect of the Client and to ascertain that the Client feels comfortable, safe and secure with the draping provided.
The Client may choose to be fully draped and/or clothed throughout the treatment.
The Client must give verbal consent before the therapist undrapes the breasts.
The genitals, perineum or anus are never undraped.
Consent of the Client is required to work on any part of the body, regardless of whether the Client is fully draped or partially draped.
The Therapist will maintain competency in care delivery.
The Massage Therapist will maintain and enhance their practical and theoretical knowledge through professional development of the individual's practice.
The Massage Therapist will display or make available any certificates obtained for attendance, training and successful completion of professional development courses when the subject matter is included in their practice.
The Massage Therapist will maintain current certification in Standard First aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Level C. (revised May 2, 1999)
|Client Consultation and Consent|
All decisions regarding the initiation of a treatment program will be made jointly with the Client, or when necessary, with the Client's consent advocate. Client consent will be based on informed consent.
The needs assessment, treatment plan, likely benefits and risks of treatment, alternatives, and fees will be discussed with the Client, or when necessary, the Client's consent advocate(s) facilitating informed choice. Informed choice is a continuous process involving information sharing between Therapist and Client.
Consent of the Client is required to work on any part of the body regardless of whether the Client is fully draped or partially draped.
Record of Consent
A record of written informed consent to treatment or authorized communications will be maintained in the Client's records. (revised March 8th, 2003)
Client's Right of Refusal
It is a Client's right to refuse or terminate treatment at any time. When this request is made during the progress of treatment, the Therapist will comply, regardless of prior consent.
A Massage Therapist reserves the right to regulate caseload.
A Massage Therapist may refuse to administer massage or otherwise treat any person if there is a just and reasonable cause.
|Policy:||All decisions regarding the initiation of a treatment program will be made jointly with the Client, or when necessary, with the Client's consent advocate. Client consent will be based on informed consent.
|Practices:||The Therapist will not commit any form of sexual impropriety with the Client. Sexual impropriety includes:
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