What is Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is a hands on regulated health profession. Massage therapists perform manipulation of different tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapists are clinically-oriented professionals that help alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and work related stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions in patients of all ages and activity levels.
What is an RMT?
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 Ontario (CMTO). Only registrants with the CMTO are permitted to use the title Massage Therapists (MT), Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and the equivalents in other languages. All of the massage therapists at Family Physiotherapy are registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
A Registered Massage Therapist is a primary healthcare provider in Ontario. Anyone can visit an RMT of their choice without a referral or prescription. However some insurance companies may require a medical referral to reimburse you for your session, so it’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider.
Use a Registered Massage Therapist
It’s in your best interest! It’s in your best interest to seek massage therapy from a Registered Massage Therapist. An RMT:
Has completed a 2-3 year program at a recognized school of massage therapy
Has passed an entry to practice examination that ensures they have the competencies necessary to safely and effectively offer massage therapy services
Must participate in a Quality Assurance program With the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, a program that assist in the maintenance of professional standards and quality care
Is accountable to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, through the complaints and discipline processes, in the event that the services they provide to not meet the standards of practice
Provides a receipt that will be accepted by your extended health benefits plan for reimbursement (provided your insurance covers massage therapy)
How can you benefit from a Massage Therapist?
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 are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your goal is relaxation, to reduce muscle tension or relieve the pain associated with an acute injury, chronic injury, repetitive injury or sports injury.
There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions including low back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain to name a few.
The Family Physiotherapy Difference
Our massage therapists work as part of our team with the goal being your wellness. They have the experience and expertise to help you get back on track with your injuries and wellness goals. Our massage therapists will also keep in touch with your trainers and doctors to get you better faster.