What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991). It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.
Who Uses Massage Therapy?
In Canada, it is estimated that between 17-23% of the population has used massage therapy. In Ontario, 35% of the population has used massage therapy in the past two years. Several research studies have illustrated that massage therapy is becoming accepted as a useful addition to conventional medical treatments and by a mixture of populations. The therapeutic process is a partnership between client and therapist, working together towards common and realistic goals.
About Registered Massage Therapists
While many individuals might provide "massage", massage therapy should only be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). An RMT is an individual who has completed a diploma program at a recognized school of massage therapy and who has passed a registration examination offered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. When looking for a qualified practitioner, look for someone who uses the title Massage Therapist (MT), or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). A massage therapist is a regulated health professional who participates in a quality assurance program that assists them in the maintenance of professional standards and provides quality care to their clients.
Concerns about Massage Therapy
If you have any concerns about the care you receive from a massage therapist see "complaints process", or contact the College of Massage Therapists at 416‑489‑2626 ext.116 or toll free at 1‑800‑465‑1933 ext.116.