SEC. 73-67-31. Duties and responsibilities of registered massage therapists; diagnosis and prescriptions prohibited [Repealed effective July 1, 2008].
(1) All registered massage therapists shall:
(a) Perform only those services for which they are qualified and which represent their training and education;
(b) Acknowledge their professional limitations and refer the client to an appropriate health professional when necessary, in cases where massage may be or is contraindicated;
(c) Recognize and respect the rights of all ethical practitioners and cooperate with health professionals in a professional manner;
(d) Obtain and keep an overview or profile of the client's state of being and health history and discuss any problem areas that may contraindicate massage;
(e) Keep accurate and up-to-date records regarding a client's condition before and after massage therapy session in cases of a client being treated for a specific condition. Public, sports and on-site seated massage sessions are exempt from documentation; sports massage sessions are exempt from post-event documentation;
(f) Provide sensitive attention and response to client's comfort levels for pressure and touch, and shall not cause bruising with any regularity;
(g) Maintain clear and honest communications with their clients, and acknowledge the confidential nature of the professional relationship with a client and respect rights to privacy;
(h) Abide by all laws that pertain to their work as a massage therapist;
(i) In no way instigate or tolerate any kind of sexual advance while acting in the capacity of a massage therapist;
(j) Provide and use draping to cover all genitalia;
(k) Clean/disinfect his hands immediately before each massage session and/or use medical gloves.
(2) No massage therapist shall diagnose or prescribe medicine, drugs or treatment.
SOURCES: Laws, 2001, ch. 549, § 16, SB 2360; Reenacted without change, Laws, 2004, ch. 476, § 16, SB 2721, eff from and after June 30, 2004.
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