Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
-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
-Repetitive strain injury
-Circulatory and Respiratory problems
-Pregnancy and labour discomfort
-Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
-And many other conditions.
Will my massage therapist keep my information 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, 2004. 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. 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.
Is massage therapy covered under OHIP?
Massage therapy treatments are not covered under OHIP, regardless of whether or not the treatments are required by a physician.
Most progressive extended health benefit plans do cover massage therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist and most do not require a physician's order to do so, although some do have that requirement. Contact your employer for more information.
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 and no technique of this nature is used without the therapist first discussing it with the client and obtaining your permission. 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 therapists will modify their techniques to meet their client's needs.