Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) are educated and trained to evaluate individual health needs and provide active and passive techniques for patient care. RMTs provide an accurate assessment, differential diagnosis of specific soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions. RMT’S treat the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to improve patient health. Our registered massage therapists (RMTs) don’t just treat your symptoms. They carefully consider your medical history, areas of concern, level and type of pain and how your condition restricts your performance and/or daily activities.
Education and Training
BC graduates of the massage therapy program are individuals who have attended a 2-year rigorous education program. To become an RMT in BC, students must complete extensive training at an educational program recognized by the College of Massage Therapists of BC. The core curriculum of the educational program includes comprehensive studies in health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and neuroanatomy. Other areas of study include clinical sciences such as manual skills, orthopedics, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy and patient education. The management of chronic diseases, injuries and the effects of long-term stress are also studied.
Specific Modalities used:
- Trigger Point Release
- Sports Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Neuromuscular Facilitation
Common Conditions Treated:
- Cancer is a disease in which cells of an organ or tissue fail to respond to normal control mechanisms, growing and multiplying out of control. Massage therapy is increasingly being included in treatment programs for cancer patients at clinics and hospitals around the world. Research shows massage therapy can enhance cancer patients qualify for life, but massage does not treat the disease itself. It may help to: Reduce pain, Increase general well-being, lessen anxiety and stress, Lessen nausea, insomnia & depression, Manage symptoms of lymphedema. Precaution: RMTs avoid massage therapy directly over known tumours and sites where metastasis may be predicted. Caution is exercised in patients with boney metastases, who may be prone to fracture. Currently, no evidence indicates that massage therapy promotes tumour metastasis.
- Headaches have many causes. Headaches treated by a Registered Massage Therapist include Tension Headache: this most common headache is likely due to chemical changes triggering brain nerves and blood vessels.
Migraine Headache: scientists don’t know exactly why migraines occur, but they probably result from swelling in blood vessels and nerves that surround the brain.
Cluster Headache: these are intense headaches that start around one eye, then spread to nearby areas of the face.
Sinus Headache: due to inflammation, usually in the frontal and maxillary sinuses
Registered Massage Therapists may help: Ease pain, decrease stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, decrease muscle tension
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a very common, disabling condition that affects the median nerve by impairing wrist and hand function. Symptoms: pain (localized and surrounding), paresthesia in the hand and fingers, weakness, numbness, loss of coordination, limited range of motion, stress and nocturnal pain interrupting the sleep cycle. Registered Massage Therapists may help:
- Low back pain is very common, but a precise cause is often not found. Researchers found that 60-80% of people will experience uncomplicated back pain at some time in their life.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the immune system and central nervous system (composed of the brain and spinal cord). Symptoms: Most common symptoms are inflammation of myelin, overall muscle weakness (especially in the back), balance problems, blurred vision, poor posture and alignment.
- Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia (the connective tissue that creates the arch of the foot). It is the most common cause of localized heel pain in adults. Symptoms: Pain in the heel (especially during the initial steps of the day or after a period of sitting), swelling, paresthesia.
- Back and Neck Pain
- Stress Relief
- Soft tissue injuries and Athletic Injuries (Tendonitis, Arthritis)
Most extended health plans recognize, and cover massage therapy treatments as does BC Medical, the RCMP, Veteran’s Affairs, ICBC, and WCB.