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Q:  What is  Massage Therapy?

A:  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.)

Q:  How can Massage Therapy help me?

A:  Massage Therapy has a wide range of benefits.  Massage can be used  

  • on a newborn baby to decrease colic
  • on a child that is experiencing growing pains in their muscles and joints
  • on a student experiencing study pains and stress
  • on pre or post-natal pregnancy of labour pains
  • on movements done repetitively at work that develop into an injury or pain
  • on those who have varicose veins, restless legs or circulatory problems
  • on those who have reoccurring migraine or headache pains
  • on those who are overwhelmed with life's stress and just need some "me time" for relaxation
  • on those who have anxiety and depression symptons
  • on those who suddenly feeling "age pains" developing
  • massage is for the very young all the way to the very old

Q: Can anyone receive massage therapy?

A:  Yes.  Massage therapy is for the very young and all the way to the very old.  However, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate.  Your RMT is well qualified to recognize these inappropriate cases.  It is very important to disclose all important health issues when you are filling out your health history form prior to treatment.

Q:  What can i expect on my first visit?

A:  On your first visit to Butter N' Fly Bodyworks: RMT Clinic, we will ask you to fill out a health history form, which your RMT will use to determine your assessment and to formulate an appropriate treatment plan that is specific only for you.  Also, from this form your RMT will determine any contraindications to modalities or techniques that are not appropriate specific to you.  You and your RMT will work together to develop your treatment plan for your maximum benefit.  You will be asked to sign a consent for treatment form which will your RMT permission to start the treatment.  You will be asked to enter your own private massage room where your assessment and massage will take place.  Your massage room will be a therapeutic atmosphere where you should feel safe, comfortable and confident in achieving your therapeutic success.  You will be guided how to get undressed appropriately, on the table and how to be covered under the sheets.  Your RMT will leave the room and than knock at the door a few minutes later to start your massage.  Your sheets will be undraped only on the area being treated.  If you have any questions at any time during your massage your RMT will be happy to answer them.  Periodically, your RMT will inquire about your comfort level.  When your treatment is over your RMT will leave the room for you to get dressed.  When you are finished you will be asked to go to the reception desk to pay for your treatment and make a next appointment.

Q:  Do I have to remove all my clothes?

A:  No.  your comfort is of the utmost importance.  RMT's are trained to treat you if you decide to remove any, some or all of your clothing.  RMT's are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy and comfort levels are respected.  In order for your treatment to be effective you have to be comfortable.  Traditional massage techniques are most effective when administered with no barrier of clothing.  Only the area being worked on will be undraped.

Q:  Does massage therapy hurt?

A:  There may be some time during the massage that you may feel discomfort.  Usually, at the beginning of the massage treatment your RMT will establish with you a pain scale from 1-10 and the RMT will work within your pain tolerance level.  Everyone's pain tolerance is different, but the pain scale is universal.  Please remember that you can stop or change the treatment at any time.  Massage techniques or modalities can be modified for your comfort.

Q:  How will I feel after the massage?

A:  After your massage you will feel relief, relaxed, sleepy and maybe dizziness.  These are normal responses post a therapeutic massage treatment.  Try to rise slowly from the table because if you rise to fast you will feel a rush that may make you dizzy.  Usually, the day after your massage you will feel good, but you may experience some soreness on the treated areas.  This soreness should subside after 24 hours and than you should feel better than your original pain problems.  Relaxation treatments may develop a sleepy feeling, but this feeling will pass and leave you rejuvenated.

Q:  How many treatments will you need to notice an improvement?

A:  There is no set amount of treatments.  Your RMT will only be able to tell you an estimate of how many treatments you will need and the frequency of visits per week/month.  This is determined by the RMT's experience and the willingness of your muscles or soft tissues of your body to adapt to the treatment administered.

Q:  Is massage therapy covered under OHIP?

A:  No.  Massage therapy is not covered under OHIP, even if you have a doctor's note.

Most extended healthcare benefit plans do cover massage therapy treatments when provided by an RMT and most do not require a doctor's note.  You can call your extended healthcare office and inquire about what you will need or we will be happy to make the call for you while you are here visiting us.

Q:  Will my massage therapist keep my information private?

A:   Yes.  It is required as part of the standards set by the college of Massage Therapists of  Ontario for massage therapists to maintain the information you provide, both verbal and written form.  It is held in the strictest of confidence.  Your private information can not be disclosed to your immediate health provider ( circle of care) without your written consent to do so.