Therapeutic Services

Massage Therapist

Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

Typical Tasks:

  • Assess clients’ soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.
  • Refer clients to other types of therapists when necessary.
  • Treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients’ offices and homes.
  • Use complementary aids, such as infrared lamps, wet compresses, ice, and whirlpool baths to promote clients’ recovery, relaxation, and well-being.
  • Confer with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to determine how massage will be most helpful.
  • Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.
  • Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises.
  • Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance.
  • Prepare and blend oils and apply the blends to clients’ skin.
  • Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Typical Tasks:

  • Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.
  • Test and evaluate patients’ physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental and physical capabilities.
  • Evaluate patients’ progress and prepare reports that detail progress.
  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Train caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.
  • Recommend changes in patients’ work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Develop and participate in health promotion programs, group activities, or discussions to promote client health, facilitate social adjustment, alleviate stress, and prevent physical or mental disability.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
  • Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work and school skills and adjust to handicaps.
Personal Trainer / Fitness Trainer

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

Typical Tasks:

  • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
  • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.
  • Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.
  • Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants’ capabilities and limitations.
  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.
  • Evaluate individuals’ abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
  • Maintain fitness equipment.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
  • Monitor participants’ progress and adapt programs as needed.
  • Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.
Physical Therapist Assistant

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

Typical Tasks:

  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
  • Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
  • Communicate with or instruct caregivers or family members on patient therapeutic activities or treatment plans.
  • Measure patients’ range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
  • Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment and administration of treatment.
  • Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices, such as crutches.
Physical Therapist Aide

Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

Typical Tasks:

  • Clean and organize work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, or heat, light, sound, water, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, or assist patients practicing exercises or functional activities, under direction of medical staff.
  • Record treatment given and equipment used.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
  • Observe patients during treatment to compile and evaluate data on patients’ responses and progress and report to physical therapist.
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Administer traction to relieve neck or back pain, using intermittent or static traction equipment.
  • Change linens, such as bed sheets and pillow cases.
  • Schedule patient appointments with physical therapists and coordinate therapists’ schedules.
Respiratory Therapist

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

Typical Tasks:

  • Provide emergency care, such as artificial respiration, external cardiac massage, or assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Monitor patient’s physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, or blood chemistry changes, and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
  • Read prescription, measure arterial blood gases, and review patient information to assess patient condition.
  • Set up and operate devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, or aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
  • Enforce safety rules and ensure careful adherence to physicians’ orders.
  • Explain treatment procedures to patients to gain cooperation and allay fears.
  • Maintain charts that contain patients’ pertinent identification and therapy information.
  • Relay blood analysis results to a physician.
  • Work as part of a team of physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals to manage patient care by assisting with medical procedures or related duties.
  • Inspect, clean, test, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently, ordering repairs when necessary.
Description 2016 Jobs 2020 Jobs
(Projected)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
Medium Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Massage Therapy 3,292 3,786 $10.58 $15.87 $21.15
Occupational Therapy Assistant 1,838 2,500 $27.40 $40.87 $59.62
Personal Trainer 5,434 6,466 $10.10 $17.79 $31.73
Physical Therapist Assistant 979 1,424 $22.60 $31.25 $45.19
Physical Therapy Aide 698 921 $9.62 $11.54 $17.79
Respiratory Therapist 2,508 3,110 $21.63 $27.40 $35.58

Education Level:

  • Massage Therapist – Certificate
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant – Associate Degree
  • Personal Trainer – Certificate
  • Physical Therapist Assistant – Associate Degree
  • Physical Therapy Aide – High School or less / Certificate
  • Respiratory Therapist – Associate Degree
Source: Career Coach – Houston – Woodlands – Sugarland, TX Region

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