Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues. This consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. While massage therapy is applied primarily with the hands, sometimes the forearms or elbows are used.
These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. Massage therapy is also known to be able to help relieve symptoms of various musculoskeletal conditions.
The basic philosophy of massage therapy embraces the concept of aiding the ability of the body to heal itself, and is aimed at achieving or increasing health and well-being.
RMT's are trained to evaluate individual health needs, and provide active and passive techniques for completed patient care. They provide an accurate assessment, differential diagnosis, and prognosis of specific soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions.
How Can Massage Therapy Help Me?
There are a variety of benefits of massage therapy. Some of the most common ones include:
- Reducing pain
- Improving flexibility
- Reducing muscular tightness
- Reducing stress
- Improving circulation
What You Need to Know on Your First Visit
Please check out the excellent video here from the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of BC:
What Conditions Can be Treated by a Registered Massage Therapist?
Registered Massage Therapists can treat a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions including:
- Muscle strains, spasms, and cramps
- Neck and back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
...and many more! For a full listing, please see: https://www.rmtbc.ca/patients/condition-types
Can I Receive Both Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy?
If you are attending massage therapy but also want to attend physiotherapy then this is not a problem. In fact, the two are often complementary! With your permission, your registered massage therapist and physiotherapist can also share information about your treatment with each other to ensure the best coordination of care.
If I have an ICBC claim, can I see a Registered Massage Therapist?
Yes! Our clinic is setup to direct bill ICBC for your registered massage therapy sessions.