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Frequently Asked Questions about Massage Therapy

How can massage therapy help me?

Is massage therapy a regulated health profession?

Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?

Is massage therapy covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?

What happens on the first visit?

How can massage therapy help me?

Massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions and is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems, including:

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
  • Stress relief and associated conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Back pain
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Circulatory and Respiratory problems
  • Pregnancy and labour discomfort
  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
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Is massage therapy a regulated health profession?

The practice of massage therapy is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and is therefore a Regulated Health Profession.  Only individuals who have completed the requisite training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a "Massage Therapist" or a "Registered Massage Therapist".

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Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?

No.  Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Registered Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing.  All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment.  Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.

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Is massage therapy covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?

No.  Massage therapy treatments are not covered under OHIP.  Most extended health benefit plans offer some form of compensation toward massage treatments.  Some plans do require a referral from a medical doctor, so make sure you contact your benefits provider and find out what you are covered for, and if a MD note is required.

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What happens on the first visit?

On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important as the Massage Therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. The Massage Therapist will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). The Massage Therapist will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.

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