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Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) in Surrey, BC

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are highly trained professionals dedicated to restoring and maintaining their patients’ optimal health. Through rigorous education based on evidence and research, including in-class theory and practicum sessions, they develop a comprehensive understanding of their profession.

In British Columbia, the CMTBC regulates the RMT profession to ensure public safety and a standardized educational format that emphasizes a minimum level of competency. RMTs must complete a minimum of 24 hours of approved continuing education courses every two years to maintain their professional competency.

Unlike non-registered massage providers who focus on relaxation and mild tension release, RMTs conduct a thorough assessment before beginning treatment. They consider your overall health, any specific health-related issues, and the data from the pre-treatment assessment to formulate a customized treatment plan for you. Your RMT will also provide instructions on how to continue your care at home and recommend the appropriate time before your next appointment. During subsequent visits, you can discuss the outcome of the previous treatment and the home care plan to ensure the effectiveness of the therapy.

It’s possible that you’ve heard or believed that RMT Massage Therapy is solely intended to provide relaxation and relieve stress. However, while there are Registered Massage Therapists who specialize in stress-related issues, this represents only a small portion of their treatments. The healthcare profession of Registered Massage Therapy is significantly more advanced than standard relaxation massage or bodywork.

The main objective of RMT Massage Therapy is to enhance soft tissue and joint health by manually manipulating connective tissue, soft tissue, muscles, ligaments, and tendons alongside therapeutic exercise. There are numerous techniques available, all of which are focused on reducing pain, expediting injury recovery, and enhancing movement performance.

What does RMT treat?

Massage Therapy is a versatile treatment that can address a variety of medical conditions and injuries, as well as improve one’s mental and emotional well-being. Commonly, new patients seek Massage Therapy to alleviate one or more of the following symptoms or conditions:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Stiffness in muscles and joints
  • Limbs feeling heavy at times
  • Recurring pain in back, neck, and hips
  • Chronic headaches
  • Constant feeling of stress
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor posture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Muscular and joint issues during pregnancy
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Introduction of new workout routine or training
  • Stiffness and pain from strenuous, repetitive, or heavy jobs
  • Injuries from motor vehicle accidents
  • Work-related injuries

How does RMT treatment work?

To achieve the desired outcomes, RMTs often employ hands-on techniques such as myofascial trigger point release, joint mobilizations, myofascial release, petrissage, or manual lymphatic drainage. In some cases, they may also use tools like Graston, cupping, vibrators, or thumpers to address specific needs.

How often should I receive RMT treatments?

The frequency of your massage treatments will vary depending on your body’s needs. Factors such as your daily routines, occupational habits, and temporary stressors or injuries can affect the recommended treatment frequency.

Typically, we suggest weekly or bi-weekly massage sessions to promote relaxation, a positive mindset, and overall well-being. However, this may differ for each patient and their unique circumstances. It’s best to discuss with your RMT to determine the best treatment plan for you.