How do you know that you can trust a massage therapist to make good on their claim that they can help you with your pain or injury? And does it truly matter if you go to a non-registered vs. registered massage therapist?
Massage therapists in general get to the roots of patient discomfort when it involves muscles, tissues and fascia. Let’s clear one misconception before we differentiate between registered massage therapists and non-registered massage therapists.
In this example, my patient told me about his wife's back issues. Her issue seemed to be that she was not interested in an actual massage; she just wanted a "relaxation technique." Relaxation techniques don't help with muscle strains or spasms, which are often the result of more than mere muscle tightness. A good massage therapist is trained to work with your muscles and help release tension, both superficial and deep within the tissues and fascia.
You’ll see in what follows about massage therapy that we are not exploring what some people book for a pampering, relaxation type of massage.
What is Registered Massage Therapy?
Registered massage therapy is a type of treatment that focuses on rehabilitation and in the process - restores function and relieves pain.
Registered massage therapy usually involves more than just rubbing and kneading muscles. It can provide stress relief and injury prevention. It also treats chronic pain, assists with physical therapy, and improves circulation.
Massage therapy is a very rewarding job that doesn't require a lot of education (usually), and you get to help people feel better and to help them deal with their pain. Massage therapy jobs are plentiful in the healthcare and sports industries.
Why is the “Registered” Part of Registered Massage Therapy Important?
Very simply, the “registered” part of a “registered massage therapist’s title tells you that you can trust their knowledge, background and training.
In order to use the title of a “registered massage therapist” they must:
attend and complete their training at a certified school of massage therapy
pass exams in which they must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding
get a license for the province where they are practicing
pass a test to get a license from a provincial regulatory body
meet certain education and training requirements
complete a set minimum amount of education to be eligible to take the exam
2. Insurance Coverage
If you have extended health benefits that you can access, you will see that massage therapy is often one of the types of treatments that is covered.
In order to have your visit to your massage therapist covered however, it must be a registered massage therapist, in good standing with the College to qualify.
Insurance coverage for massage is one thing, but coverage for specific massage therapies is rare. There are, however, customized programs that you and your health insurance company can set up together so that you can get the treatment you need without breaking the bank.
There are many reasons why it's good to visit a clinic that provides insurance coverage for massages, but the most important one is that it will help keep you healthy. Professional clinics offer other services such as cupping. This is just one additional treatment you can access to get relief from chronic pain. You can get what you need, and you can access it easily if you know where to look.
There are tips and signs to help you determine if you are selecting a Registered Massage Therapist
The College of Massage Therapists will provide a registration/practitioner number to each member in good standing. You should be able to ask your practitioner for this and you’ll see that they must provide it when they issue your receipts for paid services.
Registered Massage Therapists have graduated from an accredited school and have written exams to enable them to use their title. They should have their diplomas visible in their office or should be able to provide you with a copy as proof.
Know that each province has its own regulations and policies. It is important to ask the therapist if they are registered in the province they are rendering the service. You can learn more about the profession in your province by visiting the provincial regulatory body.
Be sure to choose a massage practitioner from a professional and credible organization. It is important to note that all massage therapists are not the same and their treatments may range from a simple back rub to a much more complex treatment plan for serious injuries.
When you’re in pain, you just want to be out of pain, right?
Even while feeling pressured to resolve your pain, do take that little bit of extra time to ensure that the help you are seeking and the advice you hope for is from someone credible. The required training required and the rules and regulations that registered massage therapists are held to and must fulfill in their practices can help you feel comfortable in placing your trust and health in their hands.
If you’re experiencing pain or stress, reach out and call us directly at 250-897-0069 or BOOK ONLINE conveniently. If you wish, you can also use our easy CONTACT US page to request help with services or booking. We are here and ready to help you.