FAQs (About Massage Therapy)
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is a comprehensive treatment 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.
How can Massage Therapy help me?
Generally, Massage Therapy benefits people of all ages by:
– Reducing or eliminating pain
– Improving joint mobility
– Improving circulation
– Improving immune system functioning
– Increasing lymphatic drainage
– Reducing depression and anxiety
– Reducing tension within muscles
– Increasing body awareness
– Increasing relaxation
Specifically, Massage therapy can be beneficial for the treatment of:
– Anxiety and Depression
– Asthma and Emphysema
– Back, Leg, Shoulder and neck pain
– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
– Gastrointestinal disorders
– Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
– Jaw pain/TMJ disorder
– Kyphosis and Scoliosis
– Multiple Sclerosis
– Parkinson’s disease
– Muscle tension and spasms
– Palliative care
– Plantar fasciitis
– PMS/ dysmenorrhoea
– Post-surgical rehabilitation
– Pregnancy and Labour support
– Sciatica / neuralgia
– Sports injuries
– Strains and Sprains
– Stress and related conditions
– Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
How often should I receive Massage Therapy?
The frequency of Massage Therapy sessions required varies according to your individual goals, your health status and lifestyle, your participation in other health care, and your personal response to treatment. You will need to work together with your Massage Therapist to establish a program which best fits your physical needs and lifestyle.
Your Massage Therapist is most interested in your recovery and in the maintenance of your health. Any recommendation for further treatment is being made by a qualified health professional and is made with your utmost care in mind.
Generally, most acute conditions respond best to an initial series of treatments, followed up with monthly maintenance sessions.
What will happen when I come for a massage treatment?
On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important as your Massage Therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions, or are taking any medications.
Your Massage Therapist will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be of relevance (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). Your Massage Therapist will then objectively
assess your condition and explain the proposed treatment to you. Your full informed consent is needed prior to beginning the massage.
During the massage the Therapist may ask for feedback to ensure that you are feeling safe, comfortable and secure. If at any time you experience pain or discomfort during the treatment, please let your Therapist know so that they can adjust the treatment accordingly.
Following the treatment you will have an opportunity to provide feedback and collaborate on a treatment plan appropriate for your specific situation. Home care advice and remedial exercise instruction will be provided at this time if necessary.
Will my Massage Therapist keep my records private?
As regulated health professionals, Massage Therapists are required as a part of the standards set by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to maintain the information you provide, both verbally and in written form, in the strictest of confidence.
In addition, Registered Massage Therapists are covered by Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act. As a result, information that is collected about clients may be collected only with consent, may only be disclosed with consent or to your immediate health providers (circle of care), and must be secured and maintained. All records at the Wallace Integrated Health Centre are subject to this Act and are secured accordingly.
Any concerns about the requirements of this legislation or about whether a Registered Massage Therapist breached the requirements of the Act may be addressed to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario www.ipc.on.ca.
Must I undress for my massage?
You are not required to undress for Massage Therapy. However, if you are comfortable you may undress partially, according to your reasons for treatment. Your privacy will continue to be completely respected at all times during the treatment. Massage Therapists are required to cover/drape you with a sheet so that they expose only the area which they are working on, ensuring you remain safe and warm throughout
the treatment. At no time are you ever required to expose yourself in any way that you find uncomfortable. It is perfectly acceptable to bring loose fitting clothing or shorts to a treatment.
Does Massage Therapy hurt?
As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when Massage Therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes as the treatment progresses and no technique of this nature is used without the therapist first discussing it with the client and obtaining your consent. A comfort scale will be established and the Therapist will work to the client’s tolerance level. The client can stop or change the treatment at any time and Massage Therapist will modify her techniques to meet the client’s needs.
Who pays for Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is not covered by OHIP. Many workplace extended health care plans provide full or partial coverage for Massage Therapy. Some, but not all insurance companies require a referral from your Medical Doctor for Massage Therapy fees to be covered. If you sustained injuries in an automobile accident, your automobile insurance offers potential coverage of Massage Therapy fees. Similarly if you sustained injuries in a workplace accident, WSIB may cover a portion of your Massage Therapy fees.
At the Wallace Integrated Health Centre, payment for service is due when treatment is rendered. Individuals are responsible for filing the paperwork for their own reimbursement from their insurance company. (Assistance with forms is available if needed.)
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