“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease"
There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
What is a Registered Massage Therapist?
Massage therapy is a regulated health profession in Ontario and all RMTs are required to be registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). A Registered Massage Therapist is an individual who has:
Completed competency-based education at educational institutions recognized by the Government of Ontario;
Studied anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical assessment, neurology, treatments, ethics and other subjects;
Completed a minimum of 150 clinical hours;
Successfully completed examinations from and have been "registered" by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (the College) in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act;
Maintained their registration by participating in continuing education and a Quality Assurance Program that assists them in the maintenance of high professional standards and quality care of their clients.
Massage for Health Maintenance
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
Reducing or eliminating pain
Improving joint mobility
Improving lymphatic drainage
Reducing muscular tension
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.
Massage for Various Health Conditions
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial. This list is not exhaustive but covers many common conditions.
Anxiety and depression
Asthma and Emphysema
Back, leg, and neck pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)
Chronic Fatigue syndrome
Fractures and edema
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
Kyphosis and Scoliosis
Muscle tension and spasm
Pregnancy and labour support
Strains and sprains
Stress and stress related conditions