Essential Functions are the fundamental job duties/skills associated with a particular position. The American’s with Disabilities Act requires employers (as well as colleges/universities) to inform students of all performance expectations related to their job/school performance. All students are required to read the essential functions identified for massage therapist and determine if they are capable of performing those functions with/without reasonable accommodation.
- Have the physical stamina to stand and walk 8 hours or more in a clinical setting.
- Can stand on both legs, move from room to room, and maneuver in small spaces.
- Physical disabilities must not pose a threat to the safety of the student, faculty, clients, or other health care workers.
- Can bend body downward and forward by bending at the spine and waist. This factor requires full use of lower extremities and back muscles.
- Can flex and extend all joints freely.
- Can raise objects from a lower to a higher position or move objects horizontally from position to position. This factor requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
- Possess mobility, coordination, and strength to push, pull, or transfer heavy objects. (Strength to lift 25 lbs. frequently and 50 lbs. or more occasionally.)
Fine Motor Skills and Hand/Eye Coordination
- Possess manual dexterity, mobility, and stamina to perform CPR.
- Can seize, hold, grasp, knead, stroke, percuss, turn, and otherwise work with both hands.
- Can pick, pinch, or otherwise work with the fingers.
- Possess sufficient hearing to assess client’s needs, follow instructions, and communicate with others, as well as respond to audible sounds of equipment.
- Possess the visual acuity to read, write, and assess the client and the environment.
- Possess verbal/nonverbal and written communication skills adequate to exchange ideas, detailed information, and instructions accurately.
- To read, comprehend, and write legibly in the English language.
- Able to interact purposefully and effectively with others.
- Able to convey sensitivity, respect, tact, and a mentally healthy attitude.
- Oriented to reality and not mentally impaired by mind-altering substances.
- Able to function safely and effectively during high stress periods.