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Qualification: DIPLOMA OF FIRST LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION with professional qualification: Masseur

DIPLOMA OF FIRST LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION with professional qualification: Masseur

Qualification Information

Learning outcomes are formulated in accordance with the relevant occupational standard and the strategic objectives of educational programmes outlined in the state standard of first level professional higher education. For more information, see the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 141 “Regulations on the state standard of first level professional higher education” (adopted on 20.03.2001):  Read standard. Occupational standards:  Occupational standards register



Competences:

1. Basic understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
1.1. history of massage;
1.2. role of various types of massage in promotion of health and well-being;
1.3. fundamentals of pedagogy;
1.4. basic concepts of care - man, health, environment, care – and their interrelation; teamwork;
1.5. basic human needs - physiological, social, spiritual, intellectual; influencing factors;
1.6. biopsychosocial model of human functioning; international functioning, disability and health classification; basic principles of rehabilitation;
1.7. project management.
2. Advanced understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
2.1. personality psychology;
2.2. fundamentals of business; organization, planning and management of business; management theory;
2.3. basic accounting principles;
2.4. anatomy;
2.5. physiology;
2.6. general and special pathology;
2.7. microbiology and infection control;
2.8. hygiene;
2.9. etiology of internal organ and internal organ system diseases, pathogenesis, clinical features and treatment principles;
2.10. support-locomotor disorders and diseases;
2.11. circulatory and lymphatic system disorders and diseases;
2.12. nervous system disorders and diseases;
2.13. child development characteristics;
2.14. basic principles of medical rehabilitation;
2.15. non-surgical body shape correction, massage in aesthetic medicine;
2.16. ergonomics;
2.17. basic principles of hydrotherapy and classical natural healing;
2.18. environmental health and its effect on physical, chemical and biological factors, their evaluation and opportunities for influencing thereof;
2.19. professional terms in the official language and two foreign languages.
3. Thorough knowledge of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
3.1. communication psychology;
3.2. patient examination -  assessment of skin, subcutaneous and connective tissue, locomotor system, posture, constitutional characteristics;
3.3. classic massage indications and contraindications, massage hygiene, applied materials;
3.4. effects of classic massage techniques on locomotor system, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous systems;
3.5. basic classic massage techniques - stroking, rubbing, kneading and vibration;
3.6. classic massage procedures in case of a heart-circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, sensory, support-locomotor system diseases;
3.7. massage substances, their composition and properties;
3.8. segmental massage technique, indications, contraindications;
3.9. pediatric massage;
3.10. manual lymphatic drainage;
3.11. sports massage;
3.12. trigger point massage therapy;
3.13. connective tissue massage;
3.14. foot massage;
3.15. deep tissue massage;
3.16. prenatal massage;
3.17. underwater massage, Sharko shower;
3.18. massage with a variety of massage devices;
3.19. evaluation of patient's vital signs measurements;
3.20. emergency medicine;
3.21. massage parlor equipment, products, their use;
3.22. massage therapy documentation;
3.23. masseur job safety and its influencing physical, chemical and biological factors; their evaluation and prevention;
3.24. fundamentals of professional ethics;
3.25. industry laws and regulations;
3.26. record-keeping;
3.27. information technologies;
3.28. official language;
3.29. ability to communicate in at least two foreign languages;
3.30. environmental protection;
3.31. employment relationship;
3.32. occupational health and safety.



Skills:

1. To assess patient's actual health condition and possible individual contraindications to massage.
2. To gather the necessary anamnesis of the patientta.
3. To assess the patient's constitutional type.
4. To assess and document the patient's skin, subcutaneous and muscle condition.
5. To prepare working environment, necessary equipment, hardware, massage materials and aids appropriate to the patient's condition.
6. To prepare patients for massage.
7. To understand doctor's instructions about the patient's illness and its stages, type of recommended massage, localization and objectives.
8. To apply the necessary massage apparatus and appropriate medical devices.
9. To apply the appropriate therapeutic substances for massage.
10. To apply classic massage techniques and auxiliary techniques, ensuring proper sequence, direction of movements and rhythm.
11. To perform classic full body massage and classic massage of individual parts of the body.
12. To perform segmental massage.
13. To perform foot massage.
14. To perform manual lymphatic drainage massage.
15. To perform pediatric massage, taking into account the child’s developmental characteristics.
16. To inform the patients about the types and steps of applied massage treatments, their impact on the body and desirable effects.
17. To evaluate the patient's early and late response to treatment.
18. To maintain correct standing posture and proper working postures during the time of the massage.
19. To comply with workplace and personal hygiene, safety requirements.
20. To comply with environmental, occupational health and safety, fire safety and electrical safety regulations.
21. To assess and document massage results, provide proper storage of medical records, ensure confidentiality.
22. To work in a team.
23. To provide emergency medical assistance.
24. To be able to draw up necessary accounting and financial documents.
25. To be able to use information technologies and office equipment.
26. To adhere to the principles of medical ethics.
27. To maintain professional competence and qualifications.
28. To be able to communicate fluently in the official language.
29. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
30. To be able to communicate in at least two foreign languages.
31. To comply with commercial, employment and relevant industry laws and regulations.



Knowledge:

1. To assess patient's actual health condition and possible individual contraindications to massage.
2. To gather the necessary anamnesis of the patientta.
3. To assess the patient's constitutional type.
4. To assess and document the patient's skin, subcutaneous and muscle condition.
5. To prepare working environment, necessary equipment, hardware, massage materials and aids appropriate to the patient's condition.
6. To prepare patients for massage.
7. To understand doctor's instructions about the patient's illness and its stages, type of recommended massage, localization and objectives.
8. To apply the necessary massage apparatus and appropriate medical devices.
9. To apply the appropriate therapeutic substances for massage.
10. To apply classic massage techniques and auxiliary techniques, ensuring proper sequence, direction of movements and rhythm.
11. To perform classic full body massage and classic massage of individual parts of the body.
12. To perform segmental massage.
13. To perform foot massage.
14. To perform manual lymphatic drainage massage.
15. To perform pediatric massage, taking into account the child’s developmental characteristics.
16. To inform the patients about the types and steps of applied massage treatments, their impact on the body and desirable effects.
17. To evaluate the patient's early and late response to treatment.
18. To maintain correct standing posture and proper working postures during the time of the massage.
19. To comply with workplace and personal hygiene, safety requirements.
20. To comply with environmental, occupational health and safety, fire safety and electrical safety regulations.
21. To assess and document massage results, provide proper storage of medical records, ensure confidentiality.
22. To work in a team.
23. To provide emergency medical assistance.
24. To be able to draw up necessary accounting and financial documents.
25. To be able to use information technologies and office equipment.
26. To adhere to the principles of medical ethics.
27. To maintain professional competence and qualifications.
28. To be able to communicate fluently in the official language.
29. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
30. To be able to communicate in at least two foreign languages.
31. To comply with commercial, employment and relevant industry laws and regulations.

Reference Data

EQF Level:
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Location:
NQF Level: 
5
Awarding body: 

- Rīgas Stradiņa universitātes Sarkanā Krusta medicīnas koledža

Awarding body contact info: 

JĀŅA ASARA IELA 5, RĪGA, LV-1009
Tālr.: 67276591, 67296929
Fakss: 67276591
E-pasts: rsuskmk@rsu.lv

Source of information: 
National occupation classification: 

ISCO-08

Relationship type: 

Masseur (3255 08)

Access requirements: 

Certificate of general secondary education or Diploma of vocational secondary education

Ways to acquire: 

Formal (through education programmes)