Massage Therapy is the practice of manual assessment and manipulation of the superficial soft tissues of skin, muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia, and the structures that lie within the superficial tissues. The work requires the application of knowledge of therapeutic massage concepts, principles and practices, and encompasses a large variety of modalities from Western and Eastern traditions. Duties include but not limited to: Task #1: Provide individualized massage therapy treatment: The massage therapist utilizes standard patient evaluation procedures to formulate a treatment plan. The massage therapist incorporates various massage therapy and bodywork techniques taught within their professional education. The massage therapist provides advanced massage therapy services of greater complexity which includes but is not limited to reflexology, injury rehabilitation, lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release and /or craniosacral work. The massage therapist will provide services to specialty populations such as pain management, surgery, pulmonary, rheumatology, palliative care, mental health, oncology and other various clinical/environmental settings as appropriate with limited supervision; and coordinate follow up care as indicated. The massage therapist is responsible for changing linen between patients, refilling oils, cleaning massage table/chair/arm rest, and providing a clean, calm environment. Task # 2 Provide Individualized Myo-Facial Release Treatment: The massage therapist will have advance education and skills to perform myo-facial release physical therapy to treat myofascial pain syndrome. A type of soft tissue therapy used to release physically restricted musculoskeletal groups. Task #3 Provide Individualized Lymphatic Drainage: The massage therapist will have advance education and skills to provide Lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage massage is a Complimentary and Integrative Health technique used to help increase lymph flow. Increased lymph flow improves immune function and removes harmful substances from the tissues to be neutralized in the nodes. The modality is often used for upper and lower respiratory symptoms/infections and sports injuries. Task #4 Provide group and /or individualized Body Movement Therapy: The massage therapist will have advanced education and skills mind body practices which use slow, intentional movements coordinated with breath and focused attention to improve chronic pain, balance, fall risk, muscle strength, flexibility and quality of life. Examples include but not limited to Qigong, Tai Chi, and or Yoga. Task #5: Provide massage therapy instruction, education, and mentoring; The massage therapist provides massage therapy instruction for self-care to patient and family as determined appropriate. The massage therapist educates patients on healthy lifestyle including hydration, stretching, exercise, mind-body techniques and other matters related to massage therapy care. The massage therapist has knowledge of complementary integrative health (CIH) and holistic health principles. The therapist will refer Veterans to other wellness modalities as appropriate.The massage therapist mentors other staff in best massage therapy practices. The massage therapist is a subject matter expert, responsible for mentoring other massage therapists and/or students, and participates in educational activities. As a member of an interdisciplinary health care team, the massage therapist will educate other staff to enhance massage therapy outcomes. Task #6: Complete clinical notes in electronic health record system: The massage therapist shall document and code information related to patient care in the VA's electronic health care record on a timely basis following established policies. Consent shall be completed prior to treatment in accordance with local requirements. The massage therapist functions as a member of the health care team and communicates with other health care providers as appropriate. Task #7: Maintain trainings and attend required meetings: The massage therapist shall maintain up-to-date with VHA and professional trainings for massage therapy, myo-facial release treatment and Qigong/ Tai chi. Required professional meetings must be attended. Task #8: Research and quality improvement: The massage therapist participates in research and quality improvement activities related to massage therapy, myo-facial release treatment and Qigong/ Tai chi. The massage therapist is required to use various communication techniques to encourage and educate individuals and groups to enhance massage therapy outcomes. The massage therapist is responsible for identifying, collecting and analyzing aggregate patient care information to ensure safety, quality of care and performance improvement. Task #9: Administration: The massage therapist may review patient referrals to screen for appropriateness of care and direct Veterans to others services when necessary. The massage therapist is the subject matter expert on massage therapy and related body work services and will provide guidance when requested regarding purchased care. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.