About Massage Therapy

 

Massage Therapy can help treat and relieve conditions such as:


~Headaches

~Stress and stress related conditions

~Effects of Inflammatory conditions such as Arthritis & Bursitis

~Dislocation

~Sports Injuries

~Palliative Care

~Fractures and Edema

~Insomnia

~Strains and Sprains

~Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

~Tendinitis

~Gastrointestinal Disorders

~Back, Leg and Neck Pain   

~Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

~Fibromyalgia

~Pregnancy and Labour

~Muscle Tension ans Spasms

~Whiplash

~Kyphosis and Scoliosis

FAQs

Questions and Answers


Q:  Does massage therapy hurt? 


A: As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, 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 the client 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. 



Q: Do I have to remove all of my clothing? 


A: No.  Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Registered Massage Therapist, 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 RMT's 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.  RTM's will also describe the treatments to be provided to ensure that you are comfortable with them.  Your consent is sought before treatment is provided.  If you are uncomfortable, draping or any pain you may experience.  Be sure to discuss the most effective means of treatment with your Massage Therapist.   



Q: How often should I have massage therapy? 


A: 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 of your health. Any recommendation for further treatment is being made by a qualified health professional and is made with your utmost care in mind. 



Q: What happens on the first visit? 


A: 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 medication.  The Massage Therapist will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.).  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. 



Q: Who pays for massage therapy? 


A: Massage therapy is not publicly funded by the government in Ontario.  Individual clients, either directly or through an insurance plan, pay for massage therapy services.  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.  Please consult your extended health benefit plan.  Most Massage Therapists are required to collect and remit the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and must advise clients when this is the case.