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COVID-19: MASSAGE THERAPIST RETURN TO PRACTICE GUIDANCE

The Washington State Massage Therapy Association has been hard at work accessing the most current and most reliable information available to us. Whether you have continued to see patients with urgent medical needs, or you are considering how to adjust your environment and practices when you choose to return to work when you are able to, we have information for you. We want you to be able to work in the safest (for you and your patients/clients), most professional and ethical way possible.

WSMTA has produced a document series called “COVID 19: Massage Therapist Return to Practice Guidance" to help guide you in your decision process when assessing when and how to return to work. Much of the information comes from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA), American Medical Association (AMA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO). 

Together, these three documents help you to put an infection prevention and control plan together to increase everyone's safety, provide strategies to reduce your time cleaning and to extend the life of your PPE.  We recommend that you first read the PPE document and then Sanitation which together, provide you the foundation required in the Practice Guidelines to review your massage practice or clinic to put your plans in place.

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All information provided in these articles or made available through links contained in these articles is provided solely for informational purposes. WSMTA, its members, officers, volunteers or contributors assume no legal liability or responsibility for any information contained in these articles or links. We do not guarantee that the information/documents are in compliance with federal, state, or local laws, but do our best with the information provided to us. Unless explicitly stated in the information, legal review and advice on accuracies was not obtained. Some information obtained may be time-sensitive and subject to change after this information is published. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. By using any information, you acknowledge and agree that the information provider is not liable for any damages arising in any way out of the use of this information. Information provided on our site is subject to copyright restrictions, either by WSMTA or others that have given special permissions to present the information on our website only. Please also note that if redirected to another website or source of third party information, that information may be subject to specific privacy and copyright restrictions and policies, with which your use of that information must comply.   

Return to Practice Introduction Rev 4/27/20

A brief introduction to the Interim Guidelines WSMTA has created, including the parameters and guidelines used in making our recommendations.

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Interim Guidance on Personal Protection Equipment Rev 09/22/20

This document is an interim guide for massage therapists in making selections on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use while in the treatment room or in massage therapy continuing education classes while COVID-19 remains a danger.  Massage therapists are considered to be at medium risk while COVID-19 exists, as are the front desk staff in clinics. WSMTA makes minimum PPE recommendations for massage therapists and their clients, highlights the options available and how to choose the best option for your practice and your clients/patients.

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Interim Guidance on Sanitation Rev 09/22/20

The Sanitation document builds on Interim Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment by providing more information on cleaning and disinfecting PPE, extending the life of it and storing it. It also provides information on cleaning and disinfecting (the how, why and strategies for reducing the amount of time doing it), strategies for floor usage in the treatment room to reduce the exposure of the patient/client's feet to the floor, treatment strategies for massaging various body areas to reduce the spread of contamination and to keep you and the patient/client safer, as well as many other things.

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Interim Guidance on Practice Guidelines Rev 09/22/20

The Practice Guidelines document provides information on how to check for symptoms and signs of health in yourself and your  patient/client to know whether you should move forward with the massage or not. It also helps you take all of the prior information and putting it into a plan to create an infection prevention and control plan to help keep everyone safe in your practice or clinic. It helps you to communicate with your patients/clients through this process and provides strategies for before the massage session, during the massage session and after the massage session.

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