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Kinesitherapist – kinesitherapy specialist

The profession

A kinesitherapist is a professional that one consults when experiencing muscular or joint pain. In addition to the training as a massage therapist, this person has theoretical knowledge and precise competences that allow him or her to relieve pain and to give back complete body mobility. The kinesitherapist first starts with a health questionnaire to understand the issues that motivate the consultation. Thereafter, he or she proceeds to muscular palpations and tests to put in place a care plan.


The person who wishes to become a kinesitherapist must first have a massage therapist training. Depending on the academic institution, the kinesitherapist training can be included in the advanced massage therapy training or combined with orthotherapy training. Lasting 300 hours, it can stagger from 12 to 24 mouths, depending on whether it’s completed on full or part-time.

The kinesitherapist training includes learning specific techniques aiming at acting effectively on relieving pain symptoms of musculoskeletal pathologies as well as other courses related to phytotherapy, aromatherapy, and isometry for example.

Kinésithérapeute – professionnel de la kinésithérapie - Réseau des massothérapeutes

Academic institutions

Not every academic institution recognized by The Réseau offers the specialization in kinesitherapy. To know which ones do, we encourage you to contact the Réseau by phone at 1 800 461-1312 or by email at

To become a member of the Réseau as a kinesitherapist, the candidate must fulfil the membership criteria.

Work opportunities

Once specialized as a kinesitherapist, the therapist is in a better position to meet the needs of his or her clients and sees his job opportunities expand as well. Kinesitherapists can be hired by sports or fitness centers, by a massage therapy, physiotherapy, or multidisciplinary clinic or by beauty centers and spas.

Being self-employed in kinesitherapy signifies working from home but also working in establishments as mentioned above. Indeed, the self-employed kinesitherapist can be represented as an “entrepreneur” or a “service provider”; in the first case, he is completely independent, and in the second, he has the possibility to negotiate its contract with some companies that later on will become his or her clientele.