About Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues, including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

Massage therapy is an increasingly popular health care option across Canada. According to the 2015 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey, massage therapy is the most utilized paramedical extended health benefit, behind only dental and vision care, with over 50% using it to treat a diagnosed condition or injury.

People see a Massage Therapist for:

Anxiety and depression
Asthma and Emphysema
Back, leg, and neck pain
Cancer symptoms
Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)
Chronic Fatigue syndrome
Dislocations
Fibromyalgia
Fractures and edema
Gastrointestinal disorders
Headaches
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
Insomnia
Kyphosis and Scoliosis
Multiple sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
Muscle tension and spasm
Palliative care
Post-surgical rehabilitation
Pregnancy and labour support
Sports injuries
Strains and sprains
Stress and stress related conditions
Stroke
Tendinitis
Whiplash

Training and Education

Massage therapy should be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).  An RMT is an individual who is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC, in accordance with the Health Professions Act. A Registered Massage Therapist is a primary healthcare provider in BC and anyone may visit an RMT of their choice. A referral or prescription is not required to visit an RMT, although some insurance companies may require this.

Massage Therapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a variety of patient populations in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability. Massage therapy can be beneficial to a wide variety of conditions and is a great addition to your everyday healthcare.

Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions.

RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.

Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.

Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more!

Together, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based on your needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and you have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment.

Your treatment begins after you’ve given your informed consent. 

Did you know?

Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by: 

 

•   Reducing or eliminating pain
•   Improving joint mobility
•   Improving circulation
•   Improving lymphatic drainage
•   Reducing muscular tension

Informed Consent 

As of 15 January, 2019, there’s a small change being implemented to the RMTs’ Standard of Practice in BC. Each time an RMT treats a brand new person, that person will be required to sign an Informed Consent form at the time of their first treatment.

After signing the initial consent form, verbal consent will be sufficient for future treatments, unless the treatment plan is significantly altered (there’s been in a motor vehicle collision, for example, or an entirely new reason for seeking massage therapy).
You will be required to sign an Informed Consent form for each RMT you see at our clinic.