Massage Therapist Exam Prep

Massage Therapist Exam Prep

Something you will notice throughout this site are references to the national exam. Well what’s actually included in this exam?

Massage Exam Outline

Below we have the latest outline of the composition of the exam with percentage weightings:

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (12%)

Structure and function of the following systems: urinary, circulatory, special sensory, digestive, skeletal, endocrine, respiratory, integumentary, reproductive, lymphatic, nervous, and muscular.

Injury and repair of tissue

Energetic anatomy concepts

 

KINESIOLOGY (11%)

Muscle characteristics and components

Muscle contraction concepts

Proprioceptors

Muscle attachments, locations, actions and fiber directions

Function and structure of joints

Active, passive, and resistant range of motion

 

PATHOLOGY, CONTRAINDICATIONS, AREAS OF CAUTION, SPECIAL POPULATIONS (13%)

Basic pathologies overview

Contraindication concepts, including: pathology related, special populations, site specifics, and special applications & tools.

Areas of caution

Special populations

Medications

 

BENEFITS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF TECHNIQUES THAT MANIPULATE SOFT TISSUE (14%)

Physiological effects of soft tissue manipulation

Psychology of touch

Techniques of soft tissue manipulation including stroke types and their sequence

Hot & cold techniques

 

CLIENT ASSESSMENT, REASSESSMENT & TREATMENT PLANNING (17%)

Organizing a treatment session

Client evaluation and consultation, including both a health history and verbal intake

Collecting written data

Making general and postural assessments visually

Assessment via palpation

Assessment of range of motion

Clinical reasoning

  • Ability to rule out contraindications
  • Client treatment goal setting
  • Evaluation of response to previous treatment
  • Formulation of treatment strategy

 

OVERVIEW OF MASSAGE & BODYWORK MODALITIES/ CULTURE/ HISTORY (5%)

History of massage & bodywork

Overview of the different skill sets used in contemporary massage/bodywork environments

Overview of massage/bodywork modalities

 

 

ETHICS, BOUNDARIES, LAWS, REGULATIONS (15%)

Ethical behavior

Professional boundaries

Code of ethics violations

The therapeutic relationship

Dual relationships

Sexual misconduct

Massage/bodywork-related laws and regulations

Scope of practice

Professional communication

Confidentiality

Principles

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (13%)

Proper and safe use of equipment and supplies

Therapist hygiene

Sanitation and cleanliness

Safety practices

  • Facilities
  • Therapist personal safety
  • Client safety

Therapist care

  • Body mechanics
  • Protective gear (masks, gowns, gloves, etc)
  • Self-care
  • Injury prevention

Draping

  • Safe and appropriate
  • Communication

Business Practices

  • Business planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Office management
  • Marketing
  • Hiring/Interviewing
  • Documentation and Records (both business and client information)

Healthcare and business terminology

 

Given all that you need to know from the above outline, we have created a special podcast.

 

Exam Prep Podcast

As another aid in your efforts to become a massage therapist, we have begun a massage therapy exam prep podcast. On a regular basis, we will be releasing short podcasts to review terms and questions you might expect in your training program as well as on the national MBLEx exam.  Click the link to visit the exam prep podcast page.