Registered Massage Therapy FAQ
What is registered massage therapy?
Registered massage therapy is the assessment of the body’s soft tissues and joints, and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain, and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints.
Why choose an RMT?
In British Columbia, RMTs are licensed health care professionals who are regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). RMTs and the CMTBC are governed by the BC Health Professions act. This is the same legislation that governs other health care professionals including medical doctors, physiotherapists, dentists, nurses, chiropractors and pharmacists. RMTs must complete a minimum of 3000 hours of study in human anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy before writing the provincial licensing examinations. Once they become licensed to practice massage therapy they must also complete yearly continuing education in order to keep their license active.
Who should see an RMT?
Massage therapy acts upon several body systems such as the nervous, muscular and circulatory to treat injuries or dysfunctions and improve overall health. RMT’s are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries and overuse injuries, back and neck pain, pain related to postural problems, sprains and strains, and temporal mandibular disorder. Massage therapy is also very useful in promoting optimal health and relieving discomfort during pregnancy.
Is my treatment covered?
Depending on your insurance provider the frequency and amount of coverage for massage therapy varies. Please check with your insurance company ahead of time to see what type of coverage you have.
A doctor’s referral is not required to see a registered massage therapist in the province of BC. It may be a requirement for reimbursement from some insurance companies, so please check with your provider prior to your first treatment.
ICBC claims are welcome, but require approval from your ICBC adjuster and referring doctor prior to your first treatment. Please note that we are “opted out”, which means that you will be responsible for paying for your treatment in full. You must then submit your receipts to ICBC for reimbursement.
Unfortunately we are not currently accepting claims for WCB patients. If an appointment is booked while you are a WCB patient it is your responsibility to pay for your treatment in full. WCB will not cover any portion of submitted receipts.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
The lymphatic system is a circulatory system within the body. It is located just beneath the skin and alongside most blood vessels. The lymphatic system is involved in immunity, wound healing and preventing swelling(edema) by regulating protein and water content.
Manual Lymph Drainage Massage (MLD) is a gentle, non invasive, rhythmic massage technique that follows the direction of lymph flow. It encourages lymphatic capillaries to contract which greatly increases the efficiency of the lymphatic system. MLD can be used to treat or prevent lymphedema, reduce swelling, inflammation and healing time, improve the function of the immune system and to remove wastes from the body for detoxification. MLD is therapeutic, regenerative, relaxing and healing.
MLD can be a beneficial treatment of many both acute and chronic conditions. Below are some examples of conditions that can be treated with MLD
- Lymphedema (Primary or secondary)
- Decreasing pain/stiffness after athletic events
- Skin conditions (acne, rosacea, eczema)
- Before and after surgical procedures
- Varicose Veins
- Digestive concerns (inflammatory/irritable bowels; constipation)
- Headaches and Migraines
- Chronic sinusitis
- Orthopedic injuries
- General wellness
MLD is NOT a suitable treatment if you are at risk for deep vein thrombosis, currently have an acute infection, when experiencing an allergic reaction, acute phlebitis, or if you have swellingdue to congestive heart failure.
What is Combined Decongestive Therapy
Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is recommended for patients with Lymphedema. It involves MLD massage along with compression garments/bandaging, skin care and home exercises.
How do I book an appointment?
Click here to Book Online with any of our practitioners, or use the Book Appointment graphic to your right, and you will be directed to our online booking system. If you prefer to book by email or phone, please contact one of our practitioners directly. Click here for the Practitioner Page.
Do you take drop in appointments?
Our treatments are by scheduled appointment only. Please book online or call ahead to reserve a time. We are available 7 days per week, so same day appointments are often available! Please click the link above to go directly to our online booking page. Same day appointments can be booked up to 2 hours before the start of your appointment if that time is available.
To learn more, or if you are unsure if Massage Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, or Chiropractic care can improve your health or help with a particular condition please feel free to contact any of our practitioners with your questions. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your condition and treatment in detail with your therapist when you come in for your first appointment.
We look forward to working with you!