Registered Massage Therapy (RMT)

What does a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) do?

  • RMTs are trained to evaluate individual health needs, and provide active and passive techniques for complete patient care.
  • Modalities may include:

BC’s Registered Massage Therapists:

  • have 3000 hours of training, the highest standards in North America
  • have mandatory continuing education and upgrading
  • are linking research to practice, including providing evidence-based patient education and remedial exercise

RMTs and Research

  • Increasingly, scientific research supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach in pain and injury management, rehabilitation and prevention.
  • Research shows that massage therapy is effective in reducing pain, anxiety and stress. Massage therapy will also improve muscle strength, joint movement and a patient’s sleep and quality of life.
  • RMTs provide an accurate assessment, differential diagnosis, and prognosis of specific soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions.
  • RMTs act upon the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to improve health.
  • Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia is the only massage association in Canada with a dedicated research department.
    • Increasingly, scientific research supports the use of massage therapy as an effective Healthier Care approach.
    • RMTs work with illness, injury and disability in diverse and broad patient populations. They are primary health care professionals that focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal and related systems.

Drug-free therapy and rehabilitation

Professional College

In BC, RMTs must complete a 3-year specialized program at an accredited college. The government-approved curriculum requires rigorous study and a thorough understanding of pathology, neurology, anatomy, remedial exercise, kinesiology, physiology and clinical sciences. All RMTs must complete the BC registration exams set by the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC), and must continue with post-graduate studies to maintain registration. RMTs honour a strict code of ethics set by the CMTBC, which ensures that patients receive safe, competent, and ethical care.

Public Demand

Approximately 74%* of medical physicians regularly refer patients to an RMT. These referrals are made because massage therapy is both accessible and effective in the treatment of numerous medical and health conditions.

Committed to providing quality, reliable, health care services and improving health outcomes, RMTs are an integral part of the BC health care fabric today and in the future.

Public demand for massage therapy has risen significantly in BC. This is attributed to:

  • higher educational standards
  • Research studies showing the efficacy of massage therapy
  • Increased public interest in non-surgical and drug-free treatment for musculoskeletal conditions and pain

* Synovate, Research Reinvented, June 27, 2008

Coverage

RMTs are primary contact health care providers. Referrals are not required for Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage. MSP covers massage therapy for patients who qualify for premium assistance. You may also have coverage through your extended health care plan. For injuries or conditions referred by a physician, ICBC, WorkSafeBC (WCB), the RCMP and others may also provide coverage.

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