What is a Registered Massage Therapist?
In order to call yourself a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in the province of Ontario, you must complete a competency based education at an institution recognised by the Ontario government. This education typically involves study in the sciences of anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical assesment and neurology. As well, you must study specialised massage therapy treatments, take a course in ethics, and complete a minimum of 150 clinical (hands on) hours. You must then suscessfully complete a set of rigorous exams (set by the College of Massage Therapists) in order to have the right to practice in this province.
What does massage therapy treat?
Massage therapy is a valuable tool to help melt away stress and tension, thus aleviating associated headaches and muscular aches and pains. Massage therapy aids in restoring function and health and promotes general well being. It aids in blood flow and can promote healing of damaged or spasmed muscles.
What can I expect on my visit?
On your first visit, you will complete a health history form. The therapist will assess you and create treatment plan unique to your needs. We typically recommend an hour appointnent for your first visit. This will allow the therapist to familiarize herself with your case and allow her enough time to give you a treatment as well. Please discuss your health history and individual needs with your therapist so they can tailor your care appropriatly.
Do I need a referral from an MD?
No, you do not need a referral from an MD to see a massage therapist.
Is massage therapy covered by extended health care plans?
Yes, massage from a registered massage therapist is covered by many extended heatlh care plans. Often you DO need a note from an MD in order for them to allow coverage. Each plan is different so it is best if you check with yours to find out what they require for reembursment. We will supply you with receipts after each visit and/or statements at your request. You can submit these to your plan at your convienience. At the present time, we can direct bill to Greenshield if you provide us with a perscription from an MD (which we keep on file on your behalf). As well, we can submitt to car insurance companies directly if your treatment is due to a car accident.