Massage Therapists - Physical Demands
Massage therapists frequently:
- Stand for long periods of time.
- Repeat the same movements.
- Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
It is important for massage therapists to be able to:
- Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
- Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
- Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
- Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
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- Understand the speech of another person.
- Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
- Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
- Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
- Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
- See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
- Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
- Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
It is not as important, but still necessary, for massage therapists to be able to:
- See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
- Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
- Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
- Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
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- See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.