What is Massage Therapy (RMT)?

Massage Therapists assess and treat pain of the soft tissue and joints of the body, mostly by hands-on manipulation. Assessment and treatment can include orthopaedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation (Swedish massage is the most commonly used technique), hydrotherapy, remedial exercise programmes and patient education.

Training to become a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario consists of a two to three year diploma programme from one of a number of recognized Massage Therapy schools in the province.

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario defines massage therapy as ” hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health”.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.” (CMTO website, 2013)

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