According to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body to help relieve pain, restore range of motion, and encourage circulation. These soft tissues can include: muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
Massage therapy is a clinically-oriented alternative that can help alleviate discomfort and pains that are associated with daily occupational stresses, muscular overuse/trauma and various chronic pain conditions.
Massage therapy should only be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
Depending on their educational training, registered massage therapists can have a wide range of techniques and approach to treatment.
You can find them practicing at spa/wellness centres, in chiropractic clinics, sports rehabilitation centres, or practicing on their own!
In any situation, massage therapy can be used to help with symptoms of both acute and chronic conditions, which include, but are not limited to:
- Sprains and strains
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Work-related injuries
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Physical symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Sleep irregularities
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Although registered massage therapy services are not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), there are many extended health care benefit plans that can cover all or part of a massage therapy service.
A referral or prescription is not required to visit an RMT, although your insurance company may require it.
In addition to benefit coverage, massage therapy treatments could also be covered by automobile insurance companies, if the client experiences a motor vehicle accident, or with workplace injuries, by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
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