WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage Therapy is a therapeutic integral healing relationship in which the therapist assists the client in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the well-being of the client. (Code of Ethics- Standards of Practice 96)
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain. (Massage Therapy Act)
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Massage therapy can help people of all ages and conditions:
- babies, children, pregnant women, sports enthusiast and the elderly
- definitely those who have muscle, tendon and ligament issues such as frozen shoulder, tendonitis, neck tension and muscle spasms
- those who are dealing with any stress related symptoms whether they be muscular, digestive, respiratory
- those who are recovering from motor vehicle injuries, falls or surgeries
- those who suffer from chronic headaches, arthritis, low back problems etc.
- those who are receiving other therapies may benefit from massage therapy in conjunction with/or to break beyond a plateau reached even those who have palliative considerations
WHAT TO EXPECT
There may be further assessment related to your specific concern(s) such as range of motion and muscle testing. The therapist also uses the actual massage as a means of gathering further information.
During the session, privacy and respect is honoured. The therapist leaves the room while the person prepares for a treatment. Any part of the body not being treated is covered with a sheet. Work may even be done over the clothes depending on one’s personal comfort level, time (15 minutes) or place (office). A session can be terminated if one becomes uncomfortable at any time.
Afterwards, a treatment plan may be developed together. Remedial exercises or other self-help suggestions may be discussed in order to obtain the greatest benefit from the treatment.
There may be some residual soreness, but this should not extend beyond a day or two as the muscles continue to release metabolic wastes. Your body has the capacity to heal itself and massage therapy can be and important part of that process.
A QUALIFIED THERAPIST
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario requires students to complete a 2200 hours of intensive instruction at an approved vocational school or college. Graduation is a prerequisite to taking provincial examinations. If successful the candidates become licensed and regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA Jan 1, 1994). These registered Massage Therapists will have the designation RMT and a registration number which will appear on your receipt.
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