Body of Knowledge Scope of Practice Definition
§ 34-43-3. Definitions.
(13)THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND RELATED TOUCH THERAPY MODALITIES. The mobilization of the softtissue which may include skin, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, for the purpose of establishing and maintaininggood physical condition. The term shall include effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, compression, vibration, stretching,heliotherapy, superficial hot and cold applications, topical applications, or other therapy which involves movement either byhand, forearm, elbow, or foot, for the purpose of therapeutic massage. Massage therapy may include the external applicationand use of herbal or chemical preparations and lubricants such as salts, powders, liquids, nonprescription creams, mechanicaldevises such as T-bars, thumpers, body support systems, heat lamps, hot and cold packs, salt glow, steam cabinet baths orhydrotherapy.The term includes any massage, movement therapy, massage technology, myotherapy, massotherapy, orientalmassage techniques, structural integration, or polarity therapy. The term shall not include laser therapy, microwave, injectiontherapy, manipulation of the joints, or any diagnosis or treatment of an illness that normally involves the practice of medicine,chiropractic, physical therapy, podiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, veterinary, acupuncture, osteopathy, orthopedics,hypnosis, or naturopathics
“Massage” or “massage therapy” means a system of structured touch, palpation, or movement of the soft tissue of another person’s body in order to enhance or restore the general health and well-being of the recipient. Such system includes, but is not limited to, techniques such as effleurage, commonly called stroking or gliding; petrissage, commonly called kneading; tapotement or percussion; friction; vibration; compression; passive and active stretching within
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the normal anatomical range of movement; hydromassage; and thermal massage. Such techniques may be applied with or without the aid of lubricants, salt or herbal preparations, water, heat, or a massage device that mimics or enhances the actions possible by human hands
NRS 640C.060 “Massage therapy” defined.
1. “Massage therapy” means the application of a system of pressure to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body for therapeutic purposes, including, without limitation:
(f) Friction; and
(g) Movements applied manually with or without superficial heat, cold, water or lubricants for the purpose of maintaining good health and establishing and maintaining good physical condition.
2. The term does not include:
(a) Diagnosis, adjustment, mobilization or manipulation of any articulations of the body or spine; or
(b) The demonstration of a product on a person that applies a system of pressure to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body, provided that the demonstration is not longer than 2 minutes.
334-010-0025 Practice of Massage (PDF)
(1) Massage treatment may include, but is not limited to:
(a) Client intake and assessment;
(b) Practice of massage or bodywork;
(c) Post massage assessment and recommendation; and
(2) Massage treatment does not include:
(a) The application of high velocity/low amplitude force further defined as thrust techniques directed toward joint surfaces;
(b) The use of equipment or devices that require a prescription; or
(c) Making a medical diagnosis.
20.41. Scope of practice.
(a) Massage therapists apply a system of structured touch, pressure, movement, holding and treatment of the soft tissue manifestations of the human body in which the primary intent is to enhance the health and well-being of the client. Massage therapy includes:
(1) The external application of water, heat, cold, lubricants and other topical preparations.
(2) Lymphatic techniques.
(3) Myofascial release techniques.
(4) The use of electro-mechanical devices which mimic or enhance the action of the massage techniques.
(b) Massage therapy practice does not include:
(1) The diagnosis or treatment of impairment, illness, disease or disability.
(2) Medical procedures.
(3) Chiropractic manipulation—adjustment.
(4) Physical therapy mobilization—manual therapy.
(5) Therapeutic exercise.
(6) Ordering or prescribing drugs or treatments for which a license to practice medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other healing art is required.
(7) The application of high velocity/low amplitude force further defined as thrust techniques directed toward joint surfaces.
(8) The use of equipment or devices that require a prescription (for example, ultrasound, diathermy or electrical neuromuscular stimulation).
(c) Licensure under the act may not be construed as requiring new or additional third-party reimbursement or otherwise mandating coverage under 75 Pa.C.S. Chapter 17 (relating to financial responsibility) or the Workers’ Compensation Act (77 P. S. § § 1—1041.4 and 2501—2506).
(6) “Massage” and “massage therapy” mean a health care service involving the external manipulation or pressure of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage therapy includes techniques such as tapping, compressions, friction, reflexology, Swedish gymnastics or movements, gliding, kneading, shaking, and fascial or connective tissue stretching, with or without the aids of superficial heat, cold, water, lubricants, or salts. Massage therapy does not include diagnosis or attempts to adjust or manipulate any articulations of the body or spine or mobilization of these articulations by the use of a thrusting force, nor does it include genital manipulation.