RMTs in B.C. are members of a self-regulating health care profession and are legislated by the government under the B.C. Health Professions Act. The scope of practice for massage therapy in B.C. provides mandatory standards and guidelines for every RMT.
Currently, RMTs practice a wide variety of modalities which include manual “hands-on” techniques, activation (exercise), water therapy, and physical agents (topical applications). Specific techniques include joint mobilizations, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening and postural exercise, along with patient education.
RMTs are trained to provide an accurate assessment, diagnosis, and prognosis of specific soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions. They can design a treatment plan and provide the most effective treatment for your condition, which is based on clinic practice guidelines, evidence-based research and best practice techniques. RMTs in B.C. work with physicians and meet the requirements of conventional medical practitioners, as outlined by Health Canada guidelines.
The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health.
A Significant rise in massage therapy use in B.C. can be attributed to:
– Higher educational standards
– Extensive research studies proving the efficacy of massage therapy
– An overall increase in public interest in non-surgical and drug-free treatment options
Current research suggests that there is a direct link between our physical well-being and out mental or emotional state, which can positively affected by massage therapy. Research also supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach in injury management rehabilitation, as well as part of a preventive care program.
A Common misconception is that massage therapists provide only “hands on” therapy. Your RMT is trained in rehabilitative exercise such as hydrotherapy, stretching, strengthening, and postural exercises. Your RMT is committed to provide the very best in one-on-one patient care.
It is widely understood that massage therapy decreases stress and helps control pain. Perhaps less known is the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating deeper structures of the body such as ligaments, bones and joints, fascia, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues of the body.
Growing Respect for Massage Therapy
It is well known that massage therapy decreases stress and helps control pain. Less well known is the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating deeper structures of the body such as ligaments and joints, fascia, organs and other soft tissues of the body. A Registered Massage Therapist can provide relief from many common conditions such as migraine headaches, tendinitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia , sports injuries and various other soft tissue sprains and strains.
A survey of Canadian adults showed, If attending a practitioner, massage therapy Is one of the first choices for the treatment of back pain.Source: Survey of Canadian Adults:Back Pain. Toronto: Environics Research Group LTD, May 2003
A survey of most Canadian adults showed that 62% of Canadians that chose massage therapy for back pain reported being very satisfied, as opposed to only 30% of those who chose over-the counter medications.Source:Survey of Canadian Adults:Back Pain.Toronto: Environics Research Group LTD,May 2003
Almost one-third of British Columbians have had a massage therapy treatment.Source: Mcintyre & Mustel Research, Omnibus Survey,February 2003
A survey of British Columbians showed that the effectiveness rating of massage therapy in treatment has doubled in the last year.Source: Mcintyre & MustelResearch Lid. B.C.Omnibus Report, February 2003.