Registered Massage Therapy
Who is Massage Therapy for?
Everyone! You don’t need a doctor’s referral or prescription to visit one of our RMTs. Although the service is not covered by OHIP most extended health benefit plans will cover all or part of treatment.
Massage Therapy is beneficial for all ages, no matter if you are recovering from an injury or are in need of stress relief. It can help you manage or recover from a wide range of conditions, increase your sense of well-being. It is an important part of your health maintenance plan.
What to expect during a therapeutic massage?
Therapeutic Massage uses preventative and restorative techniques and has highly valuable benefits in treating acute or chronic health conditions. The goal is to help maintain or rehabilitate the physical function of the body by reducing pain, increase range of motion, and reduce restrictions.
Massage Therapy involves a wide range of manual techniques which can be used to target specific tissues in your body. These Swedish techniques applied to the soft tissue and joints help to increase the healing process by reducing inflammation and tension found in muscles, tendons, fascia, joints, and other surrounding tissues. The Massage Therapists’ focus is to aid in recovery and help to relieve pain associated with injuries, which helps to speed the healing process and help to prevent injuries from recurring.
The Massage Therapists at the clinic work alongside other health care practitioners which makes a dynamic collaborative team that helps to maximize management of injuries which can lead to successful recovery.
When should I come in for a Massage Therapy treatment?
- If you have tension associated with sitting at a desk all day
- Need to reduce muscle soreness from manual labour
- If you’ve had a major fall or injury
- If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident
- If you are recovering from post-concussion symptoms
- After a muscle or connective tissue injury (such as; strain or sprain)
- Before or after exercise to aid in mobility and recovery
- To help to reduce tension and stress
- As part of your everyday active lifestyle
Conditions We Can help you with:
- Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain
- Headaches including: Tension and/or Migraines
- Improved Joint Mobility
- Sprains and Strains
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sports injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Chronic injuries
- Auto-accident related injuries
- Muscle Tension and Spasm
- Arthritis pain
- Improved quality of sleep, Insomnia
- Stress and Stress-related conditions
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Depression and Anxiety
Specific benefits of Massage Therapy include:
- Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Accelerated healing by reducing swelling and inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Reduced pain and tension
- Increased speed of recovery
- Increased immune system function
- Reduce depression and anxiety by increasing sense of well-being
- Improve quality of sleep
- Decrease stiffness and tension in the muscles and connective tissues
Upon arriving at your initial appointment The Massage Therapist will:
- Have you complete a confidential health history form. They will assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your pain, injury, or condition. This health history is required for the Therapist to discover your chronic or acute concerns.
- Explain the nature and purpose of the treatment including procedures and how your body may respond with the treatment. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and at all times you will be appropriately draped during the treatment. Only the body part needed to be worked on will be uncovered. You will generally begin by lying prone (on your stomach). The treatment will usually be an hour but 3/4 or 1/2 hour treatments are available, depending on your individual needs.
- Assess if it’s clinically indicated to work on sensitive areas; (breast, chest wall, gluteals, and upper inner thigh). If so, the Therapist will require an Informed Consent Form signed prior to treating these areas. A signed consent every time is required for the breast, chest wall, and upper inner thigh, but a verbal consent prior to treating the gluteals is sufficient.
- Explain the risks, benefits, possible complications, and contraindications of the treatment. The treatment can be modified or stopped at any time at your request. You will also be asked periodically during the massage treatment to determine the level of comfort.
More Information about our Registered Massage Therapists:
Our Massage Therapists are graduates from recognized Massage Therapy schools in Ontario. Their training consisted of a 2 year diploma program. Upon successful completion of this program and the College’s Certification Examinations, they were given a registration number from the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) and are therefore permitted to use the protected titles Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) or Massage Therapist (MT).
In addition to maintaining their registration with the College annually, our Massage Therapists’ must:
- Adhere to a Code of Ethics.
- Maintain the principles of the College’s Charter on Professionalism.
- Meet or exceed Massage Therapy Competency Standards.
- Take part in the Quality Assurance Programme which encourages the evaluation and improvement of Massage Therapists through self and peer assessments along with continuing education.
- Have received education regarding the prevention of all forms of abuse of their clients.
- Maintain the privacy and confidentiality of their client’s personal health information and records.
Scope of Practice:
The Massage Therapy Act, 1991 (www.ontario.ca/laws/statue/91m27), the provincial legislation for Massage Therapy in Ontario, defines the practice of Massage Therapy as “the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatments and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.” This is referred to as the “Scope of Practice.”
For more information on Registered Massage Therapists, you can either visit the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) or Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO) websites.