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MASSAGE THERAPY

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are extensively trained in a wide variety of techniques that are used to obtain varying results depending on the conditions or injury being treated.  Your individual health needs will be assessed and evaluated and the appropriate modality used to obtain the best results from each treatment.  Massage therapy acts directly on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to rehabilitate physical injuries and improve health.  Research has found that massage therapy also positively affects the immune system, pain perception, phsychological state and respiratory function.

 

RMTs in B.C. have the highest educational standards in North America.  The government approved curriculum requires rigorous study and a thorough understanding of related sciences such as pathology, neurology, anatomy, remedial exercise, kinesiology, physiology and clinical sciences.  All B.C. RMTs must successfully complete the provincial registration exams set by the College of Massage Therapists (CMT), and must continue with post-graduate studies to maintain registration.  RMTs honour a strict code of ethics set by the CMT which ensures that patients receive safe, competent and ethical care.  Also, patient trust and confidentiality is respected.

​INDICATIONS

If your treatment goals are relaxation, stress relief and wellness, RMTs meet and exceed spa standards by incorporating advanced techniques into your session to optimize your tranquil experience.

 

As well, massage therapy is often recommended by physicians for, but not limited to, the following conditions:

  • whiplash                                  

  • headaches

  • back and neck pain

  • sprains/strains

  • muscle spasm

  • arthritis

  • tendonitis

  • fibrositis

  • carpal tunnel syndrome

  • edema

  • bursitis

  • sciatica

  • neuritis/neuralgia

  • insomnia

  • asthma

  • emphysema

  • chronic bronchitis

  • acute reaction to stress

  • other physical complaints

  • work related injuries

  • Neurological conditions such as: stroke, muscular dystrophy, mulitple sclerosis

COVERAGE

RMTs are primary contact health providers.  Referrals are not required for Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage.  MSP continues to cover massage therapy for for patients who qualify for premium assistance and there is often coverage available through extended health care plans.  Please check your plan for details.  For injuries or conditions referred by a physician, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), WorkSafe BC (WCB), the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) may also provide coverage. 

 

*Reprinted in part from materials produced by the Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia

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