Massage Rehabilitation Training

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Massage rehabilitation specialists, or massage therapists, manipulate and treat muscular systems in patients recovering from injury or surgery. They work at physical therapy centers, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Massage therapists must have formal education and specialty training.

Preliminary Training

An aspiring massage therapist must have a high school diploma. Courses in anatomy, business management, kinesiology (motion and movement) and physical education are helpful.

Post-Secondary Training

Massage rehabilitation specialists must complete at least 500 hours of formal study, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A bachelor's degree in physical therapy is beneficial.

Specialty Training

Massage and bodywork schools provide future massage therapists with introductory training, specific instruction in rehabilitation techniques and exposure to advanced concepts, says Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

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