RMTs’ scope of practice defines the services that RMTs are educated in and able to provide to patients, when indicated, as part of the provision of safe, ethical, and competent massage therapy care.
Section 1 of the Massage Therapists Regulation sets the scope of practice for registered massage therapists in BC:
“massage therapy” means the health profession in which a person provides, for the purposes of developing, maintaining, rehabilitating or augmenting physical function, or relieving pain or promoting health, the services of
a. assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body, and
b. treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction, injury, pain and disorders of soft tissue and joints of the body by manipulation, mobilization and other manual methods.
The Massage Therapists Regulation also sets out a specific list of services that RMTs are not allowed to perform. RMTs may not:
The following activities are not within the scope of practice for RMTs:
This is not an exhaustive list of activities that are outside the scope of practice for RMTs. These examples are provided to help guide RMTs and the public.