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When in Doubt Refer Them Out

At the college that I attended it was impressed upon us not to be afraid to refer a client to a doctor.

We are not allowed to diagnose, even if we know exactly what it is we are seeing it is out of our scope of practice to tell them what we suspect, but we are well within our scope to suggest or even encourage them to see a doctor or specialist.

Years ago I had a co-worker who told me she would never refer or suggest that someone should see a doctor

She did not believe that referring clients to a doctor is our responsibility as Massage Therapists, I said to her “but we are in a unique position to see areas of their body that they cannot see and conditions they may not be aware they have.” We have a responsibility to our clients to make them aware when something needs to be addressed by a doctor.

Depending on the situation or condition I might say something to the effect of  “you should have a dermatologist check this out” or “it might not be a bad idea to have a doctor take a look at that.”  They may ask you what you suspect or why you have made that suggestion, be careful not to cross the line into diagnosis, try not to sound alarming while at the same time let them know that it is a good idea to have it looked at to rule out any issues.

If it is something so concerning that you do not feel comfortable massaging the area or continuing the session then explain to them that you do not feel comfortable working on that area until it has been seen by a doctor, this could be anything from a suspicious rash to a suspected muscle tear or injury. You are well within your scope of practice to refuse to treat any area that you believe may cause further damage or injury to the client.

What if it ends up being nothing serious?

Well great! Both you and your client will feel better knowing that it was nothing serious, but what if you said nothing and it was?

The other night a client that I last saw a few months ago came in for a massage and said to me:
“I wanted to thank you, you saved me!” he said “You suggested I should see a dermatologist, and you saved me, it was stage one aggressive malignant melanoma”

They were able to diagnose and remove the cancer before it had a chance to spread and he is now being monitored regularly to make sure that it does not return.

This was not the first time someone thanked me for suggesting they should see their doctor or specialist, but it is the one that will forever reinforce my position on referring clients to a doctor or specialist.

We are in a unique position to help others

That is what we do, it is who we are! Don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel that your client should see a doctor, if you are wrong then you both gain peace of mind, and if you are correct you might just save a life!

 

Yours in Health and Wellness,
Kristeen Smart AKA Kristeen Kish
CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist
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What is California Massage Therapy Certification?

The following images come from a CAMTC brochure that was offered to CAMTC certification holders for use with their advertising .

CAMTC established in 2009

The California Massage Therapy Council was established in 2009 to help regulate massage professionals and ensure professionalism and indicate that your therapist has met certain criteria for state massage certification.

CA Massage Law voluntary

In California the process of certification is still voluntary but many cities and counties are now requiring CAMTC certification to practice massage.

types of CAMTC certification

There are three types of Certification in California to accommodate the many massage therapists who had already been practicing in the field for many years prior to the establishment of the California Massage Therapy Council, at this time the CMP and CCMP are no longer being offered and those who have those levels of certification may continue to operate under those titles while they continue their education to meet the requirement of CMT.

beware of massage providers who do not

CAMTC certification holders are required to display their certification at their place of employment and to provide their  ID card when asked for it. They are also required to provide their certification number on their advertising.

CAMTC Certified Massage Therapists are also allowed to use and display the CAMTC logo on their advertising.

is your masage provider certified

CAMTC certification is your assurance that the massage therapist has been fully background checked, educated, and has met all requirements for certification in the state of California.

Yours in Health and Wellness,
Kristeen Smart AKA Kristeen Kish
CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist
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