What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
Can anyone receive massage therapy?
Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate. A qualified Massage Therapist
(RMT or MT) is trained to recognize these cases.
Many Massage Therapists treat a variety of diseases and disorders while other Massage Therapists concentrate on certain conditions (fibromyalgia) or groups of people such as athlete, women during pregnancy (including
labour and delivery), infants and children. When booking your first consultation, be sure that the Massage Therapist is the right choice for you.
Is massage therapy a regulated health profession?
The practice of massage therapy is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and is therefore a Regulated Health Profession. Only individuals who have completed the requisite training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a "Massage Therapist" or a "Registered Massage Therapist".
When seeking massage therapy, look for an individual who uses one of those two titles and ask to see their registration with the CMTO.
Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?
No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Registered Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide important treatment
whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.
Is massage therapy painful?
There are times when massage therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes and no technique of this nature is used without the therapist first discussing it with theclient and obtaining your permission. A comfort scale will be established and the therapist will work to the client's tolerance level. The client
can stop or change the treatment at any time and Massage therapists will modify their techniques to meet their client's needs.
How often should I have massage therapy?
Some people believe that one treatment is enough; however, massage therapy is most beneficial in acute conditions when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments.
Through mutual discussion, your Massage Therapist can help you establish a program which fits your physical needs and lifestyle. Your Massage Therapist is most interested in your recovery and in the maintenance ofyour health. Any recommendation for further treatment is being made by a qualified health professional and is made with your utmost care in mind.
What happens on the first visit?
On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important as the Massage Therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. The
Massage Therapist will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury. The Massage Therapist will then develop a treatment plan with you to
ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Add a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) to your health care team to help
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
Stress relief and associated conditions
Headaches and migraines
Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
Repetitive strain injury
Circulatory and Respiratory problems
Pregnancy and labour discomfort
Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
And many other conditions.
Is massage therapy covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?
No. Massage therapy treatments are not covered under OHIP, regardless of whether or not the treatments are required by a physician.
Most extended health benefit plans do cover massage therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist and most do not require a physician's referral to do so, although some do have that requirement.
Contact your insurance company for more details.
Will my Massage Therapist keep my information private?
As regulated health professionals, Massage Therapists are required as a part of the standards set by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to maintain the information you provide, both verbally and in written
form, in the strictest of confidence.
How can I pay for massage therapy?
Many people pay for massage therapy through an insurance plan. When paying through an insurance plan, some massage therapists will bill directly
while others will require payment from the client who then submits the claim to their insurance provider. Ask your Massage Therapist prior to initiating treatment.
Some insurance plans may require a physician's referral prior to the start of massage therapy treatments while others allow treatment without referrals. Most plans have a maximum amount available.