Massage therapy is a licensed profession in over 35 states either through licensure, certification, or registration. However, there are currently no state Massage Therapist licensure laws that include language concerning nutrition care. Practicing Massage Therapists interested in using nutrition tools are subject to the statutes of the relevant nutrition laws for their state.
When can you use nutrition tools in your practice:
If you are a practicing Massage Therapist in a state where nutrition is governed by a licensure with exclusive scope of practice law, you are not allowed to use nutrition tools in your practice, unless specifically named in the law’s list of exemptions.
- An exception is if you are hired to practice nutrition by a doctor (delegated authority) whose license includes the practice of nutrition. In this case, you can practice under their supervision and within their scope of practice guidelines.
If the nutrition law in your state is a licensure without exclusive scope of practice then you can practice nutrition care without being certified/licensed as a nutrition care provider. However, if specific title protections exists in the law, you may not use any protected title in advertising or practice.
Disclaimer: This information represents a preliminary interpretation of state statutes, and cannot be substituted for legal counsel.