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Title 201 | Chapter 042 | Regulation 061REG


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BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy
(Amended at ARRS Committee)

201 KAR 42:061.Code of ethics and standards of practice for massage therapists.

Section 1.

Code of Ethical Standards for the Massage Therapist. A massage therapist shall:

(1)

Maintain the confidentiality of all client information, unless law or court order mandates disclosure;

(2)

Keep the client well informed of procedures and methods that will be employed during the session;

(3)

Report to the board if the massage therapist has first-hand knowledge or evidence indicating any unethical, incompetent, or illegal act has been committed by another licensee;

(4)

Take precautions to do no harm to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of clients or associates;

(5)

Make every reasonable effort to report unlicensed practice of massage therapy to the board;

(6)

Represent his or her educational and professional qualifications honestly;

(7)

Inform clients of the limitations of the licensee's practice;

(8)

Consistently take measures to improve professional knowledge and competence by a regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses through continuing education training;

(9)

Respect the client's right to treatment with informed and voluntary consent, either verbal or written, and to refuse, modify, or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent;

(10)

Not engage in sexual conduct or activities with a client;

(11)

Not engage in an interest, activity, or influence that conflicts with the practitioner's obligation to act in the best interest of the client;

(12)

Respect the client's boundaries with regard to privacy, disclosure, exposure, emotional expression, beliefs, and reasonable expectations of professional behavior;

(13)

Refuse to accept gifts or benefits, which are intended to influence a referral or treatment that are purely for personal gain and not for the good of the client;

(14)

Conduct all business and professional activities with honesty and integrity;

(15)

Respect the inherent worth of all clients;

(16)

Provide only those services that the licensee is qualified to perform; and

(17)

Respect the client's autonomy.

Section 2.

Standards of Practice for the Massage Therapist.

(1)

In the practice of massage therapy, a massage therapist shall:

(a)

Perform a written or verbal intake interview with the client to evaluate if any contraindications to massage therapy exist and if modifications including pressure, technique, and duration of treatment are applicable;

(b)

Evaluate each client through observation, palpation, and any relevant records provided by the client;

(c)

Acknowledge the limitations of, and contraindications for, massage;

(d)

Plan and implement a treatment session or program individualized for the client;

(e)

Refer the client to other professionals or services if the treatment or service is beyond the massage therapist's scope of practice;

(f)

Maintain for a minimum period of five (5) years accurate, timely, and organized records of every client;

(g)

Provide massage therapy services that meet or exceed the generally accepted practice of the profession;

(h)

If a plan of care or treatment is applicable, explain the plan to the client, to others designated by the client, and to professionals with client permission;

(i)

Unless prohibited by law, be allowed to pool or apportion fees received with other members of a business entity in accordance with any business agreement;

(j)

Practice massage therapy in sanitary and safe conditions;

(k)

Use proper draping technique;

1.

Before beginning a massage, the massage therapist shallmust explain to the client the draping techniques that will be used; and

2.

Provide the client a clean drape large enough for the purpose of draping the buttocks, genitalia, and chest. TheseSuch body parts shallmust remain covered, except during therapeutic treatment of those specific areas, with the exception of the genitalia, which shall always remain covered; and

(l)

Have the right to refuse to treat any person or part of the body at the licensee's discretion.

(2)

In the practice of massage therapy, a massage therapist shall not:

(a)

Provide treatment to the anus or anal canal, including, treatments such asbut not limited to, colonic irrigations and enemas; or

(b)

Provide treatment to the genitals, including, for conditions such asbut not limited to, erectile dysfunction or pelvic floor issues.

(3)

Interacting with other medical professionals. With written permission from the client, the massage therapist may interact with the client's physician or other healthcare providers if the client is under direct medical care.

(4)

If the client is self-referred and under the care of a health care professional, the massage therapist may, with written permission from the client:

(a)

Advise the health care professional that the patient is seeking massage treatment;

(b)

Provide to the health care professional the massage therapist's evaluation results;

(c)

Advise the health care professional of the noted treatment plan; and

(d)

Provide a follow-up report upon completion of the massage treatment plan to enhance communication between the multidisciplinary care-giving team.

(5)

Breast massage. A licensee performing massage of the tissue of the breast shall:

(a)

Obtain the client's informed written consent prior to providing the service;

(b)

Maintain proof documenting specialized training in breast massage which addresses breast anatomy, breast pathology, and breast massage technique and which was provided by an approved massage therapy program or board approved continuing education provider;

(c)

Inform the client prior to the commencement of the service that this service may be performed through a draping sheet if the client so desires and the licensee shall provide the service through a draping sheet if the client so prefers;

(d)

Inform the client prior to the commencement of the service that the client may discontinue the service at any time and the licensee shall honor that election by discontinuing the provision of the service if that request is made;

(e)

Keep detailed Subjective Objective Analysis Plan notes for the service such as notes related to all emotional factors that the client reports to the licensee which might impact the client's suitability for the service and the precautions that the licensee has taken to ensure that the service is provided in a manner accounting for those emotional factors; and

(f)

Refrain from an act or statement which the client may construe as being sexual in nature.

Section 3.

Standards for Documentation. The massage therapist and client shall agree upon the purpose of the massage session.

(1)

Documentation shall not be required if the massage session is for general relaxation, a sports event massage, or public demonstration as in chair massage.

(2)

If a written plan of treatment is requested or required, the client file shall include the following documentation:

(a)

The initial evaluation, which shall include:

1.

The client's name, age, and gender;

2.

Date of the session; and

3.

Pertinent medical history, including:

a.

Client sensitivities and allergies;

b.

Medical diagnoses, if available, and the source of the diagnosis;

c.

Contraindications; and

d.

Medications as disclosed by the client;

(b)

Progress notes signed by the massage therapist rendering the massage therapy, which shall include:

1.

Subjective information including the area of complaint as stated by the client and the date of onset;

2.

Objective information including any observations and objective testing, if applicable;

3.

Ongoing assessments, if applicable;

4.

Actions taken by the massage therapist; and

5.

The client response to massage therapy treatment; and

(c)

A plan of treatment, if applicable, consisting of:

1.

Modalities to be rendered;

2.

Frequency and duration of treatment;

3.

Referral to other professionals, if indicated;

4.

Client self-help education and instruction; and

5.

The goals or desired outcome of the treatment.

FILED WITH LRC: March 7, 2022
CONTACT PERSON: Kevin Winstead, Commissioner, Department of Professional Licensing, 500 Mero Street, phone (502) 782-8805, fax (502) 564-3969, email KevinR.Winstead@ky.gov.

7-Year Expiration: 1/6/2029

Last Action: 3/11/2022


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