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Advanced Massage Therapy Diploma Program Calgary

Make a difference as a Massage Therapist. Prepare for your new career as a Massage Therapist with the Massage Therapy diploma program at Robertson College.

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Combining theory with practical training, this comprehensive program covers everything that Massage Therapists must know, fully preparing you for a career in physiotherapy clinics, spas, chiropractic practices, sports injury clinics, fitness centres and wellness centres.

Program Overview

Further your training with the Advanced Massage Therapy diploma program at Robertson College.

  • Ideal for students looking to advance their massage therapy careers, this program will provide the in-depth knowledge required to further your professional practice
  • Building on the concepts, techniques and skills gained in Massage Therapy (Year 1), the Advanced program will further explore Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
  • In-depth study into the area of Orthopedic Assessment will allow you to properly assess and provide treatment
  • Have the opportunity to apply the concepts and techniques you learned in the classroom at our on-site public clinic and various outreach events

Careers

Our students are trained to start a career as a Massage Therapist or Remedial Massage Therapist.

Topics of Study

Physiology II - 100 hours

The goal of this course is to creates a detailed understanding of the muscular system of the vertebral column, thorax, abdominopelvic cavity, and the perineum. This includes a thorough examination of the location, origin, insertion, action, and nerve supply of each muscle. Along with the above, accurate palpation of accessible muscles are demonstrated with guided practice of proper techniques.

Pathophysiology II - 100 hours

Provides an understanding of how cells, tissues, organ and organ systems function together to create one organism. A key goal is to become familiar with normal physiology to be able to comprehend pathological conditions as presented later in the program.

Pathophysiology III - 100 hours

Provides an understanding of the muscular system; its organization and components, neurons, synapses and receptors, the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and cardiovascular system. A key goal is to become familiar with normal physiology to be able to comprehend pathological conditions as presented later in the program.

Clinical Massage Treatments II - 100 hours

Provides an understanding of blood and blood disorders; the immune system; its organization and components, and its disorders. A key goal is to become familiar with normal physiology and then the pathophysiology associated with the system.

Clinical Massage Treatments III - 100 hours

This course will provide an understanding of systemic and/or orthopedic pathology as it relates to the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems. This course also provide an understanding of normal physiology of the endocrine and circulatory systems.

Orthopedic Assessment II - 75 hours

Provides an understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and integumentary systems and psychopathologies.

Orthopedic Assessment III - 75 hours

Explores treatment (utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises) of postural dysfunctions (fascial and muscle imbalances, ITB friction syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome, hyper/hypolordosis, scoliosis), overuse injuries (plantar fasciitis, periostitis and compartment syndromes, tendonitis, bursitis, adhesive capsulitis), conditions of the head and neck (tension headache, migraine, torticollis), and joint dysfunctions (DDD, OA, RA, AS, gout, TMD), systemic disorders (HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, digestive disorders, arterial/venous insufficiency) and a review of musculoskeletal injuries.

Orthopedic Assessment IV - 50 hours

Reviews treatment (utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises) of CNS disorders (communication aids, ambulation aids, decubitus ulcers, seizures, hemiplegia, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, polio, MS, Parkinsons), respiratory conditions (sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma), systemic conditions (fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, dupuytren’s contracture, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes), circulatory dysfunctions (hypertension, heart failure, Raynauds, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins), and compression and peripheral nervous system conditions.

Public Clinic / Outreach

Provides the completion of Clinical Massage Treatments and the opportunity to review treatment (utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises) and research for all conditions learned to date. Additionally time is spent addressing case studies, poster projects and board exam practice/prep.

Advanced Massage Therapy Practicum

This program includes 150 hours of practicum where you will be given the opportunity to integrate the theory from the classroom into practice in at our on-site public clinic and various outreach events.

Christa McKegney

Christa McKegney is the Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Robertson College Massage Therapy programs in Calgary. Christa received her BA Kin (Hons) degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 before entering into massage therapy. After graduating from the 2200 hr program, Christa became an active member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and started her own massage practice in London, Ontario. In addition, Christa also instructed massage students and taught courses in Kinesiology and Remedial Exercises, Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology. Christa relocated to Calgary in 2005 with her family and has continued practicing and sharing her passion for massage therapy with her students. In her role as Program Coordinator, Christa has played an essential role in developing the massage curriculum – ensuring it is delivered in a logical and progressive fashion that will enable our students’ success in the field post-graduation.

Christa McKegney
, BA Kin (Hons), RMT

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