What is Massage Therapy?
Here is the definition of Massage Therapy, as it is very clearly stated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario:
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
Here is a comprehensive explanation of some benefits of massage therapy, as provided by the RMTAO:
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.
Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
anxiety & depression, asthma & emphysema, back, leg & neck pain
cancer symptoms, carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)
chronic fatigue syndrome, dislocations, fibromyalgia, fractures/edema
gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, arthritis & bursitis, insomnia
kyphosis & scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease
muscle tension/spasm, palliative care, post-surgical rehabilitation
pregnancy & labour support, sports injuries, strains/sprains
stress & stress related conditions, stroke, tendonitis, whiplash
Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more.
Why Choose a Registered Massage Therapist?
Here are some facts about Registered Massage Therapists, as noted by the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario:
It's in your best interest to seek massage therapy from a Registered Massage Therapist. An RMT:
has completed a 2-3 year program at a recognized school of massage therapy;
has passed an entry-to-practice examination that ensures they have the competencies necessary to safely and effectively offer massage therapy services;
must participate in a Quality Assurance program with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, a program that assist in the maintenance of professional standards and quality care;
is accountable to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, through the complaints and discipline processes, in the event that the services they provide to not meet the standards of practice;
provides a receipt that will be accepted by your extended health benefits plan for reimbursement (provided you plan covers massage therapy).