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Forces of Nature Wellness Clinic

2447 Yonge St, 2nd Floor

(Yonge & Eglinton)

Toronto ON M4P 2E7

(416)481-0222

www.ForcesofNature.ca

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Questions About Massage Therapy? We've Got Answers!

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What is Registered Massage Therapy?

How does Registered Massage Therapy help heal injuries?

What's the difference between someone who just claims to do massage and a Registered Massage Therapist?

How do I know if someone is a registered massage therapist?

What causes muscle tension? What does muscle tension mean?

How do you relieve muscle tension?

Do you do deep tissue massage?

How much pressure will the therapist use?

How does massage therapy help sport performance?

What conditions will benefit from massage therapy?

How many treatments will I need?

Is massage therapy safe in pregnancy?


Is massage therapy safe for babies? children?


Is massage therapy covered by OHIP? Private insurance?


Do I need a doctor's referral for massage therapy?

What is Registered Massage Therapy?

Registered Massage Therapy is the manipulation, through hands on work, of the soft tissues: Muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints. It is performed by a Registered Massage Therapist.

How does Registered Massage Therapy help heal injuries?

Registered Massage Therapy improves blood and lymph flow, and relaxes muscles. Improved circulation and flexibility encourages proper muscle metabolism and removal of waste products which can speed the healing process. Also, massage can help reduce pain, which in turn can help accelerate recovery.

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What's the difference between someone who just claims to do massage and a Registered Massage Therapist?

Anyone can claim to do 'massage'. However, anyone who says that they perform Registered Massage Therapy, or Massage Therapy must, by law, be a Registered Massage Therapist. This means that they are a member of The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and have completed a massage program at an institution recognized by the Government of Ontario. Their study must inlude, among other subjects: anatomy, physiology, orthopedic assessment, pathology, neurology, ethics, and condition-specific treatments. An RMT must have a minimum of 150 clinical hours while training, and have successfully completed examinations from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

An RMT must also maintain their registration by participating in a quality assurance program through the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario that helps to maintain high professional standards and quality client care.

How do I know if someone is a registered massage therapist?

You will know if someone is a Registered Massage Therapist if they have their certificate of registration posted in their primary work place, and are able to provide you with their registration number.

What causes muscle tension? What does muscle tension mean?

Muscle tension can have a number of different causes, such as: overuse, injury, stress, and repetitive strain. Muscle tension is essential in order to move our bones and joints around. Our muscles must be able to contract and relax for normal mobility and movement. But when the muscles are not able to be released, due to the aforementioned causes, the muscles will 'learn' to stay in a state of tension.

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How do you relieve muscle tension?

Muscle tension is relieved through the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues and joints. A Registered Masasage Therapist will work through the tight muscles to smooth out any 'knots', and bring more circulation to the area. Sometimes gentle joint mobilization is used to help muscles 'let go' of the tension. Also, the relaxation aspect of massage can help to relieve tension that has been caused by anxiety or stress.

Do you do deep tissue massage?

Yes, we do deep tissue work. Deep tissue work just refers to massage that works deeper into the muscles. Sometimes, deep tissue massage is listed as something different from Swedish Massage. However, a Massage Therapist can easily adjust pressure during a treatment to go deeper. Often, deep tissue is indicated on one area of the body, but the client may find it too much pressure on another area, so we do adjust accordingly.

How much pressure will the therapist use?

The therapist will use enough pressure to effect change in the tissue requiring treatment while always staying within the comfort levels of the client.

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How does massage therapy help sport performance?

Massage therapy can enhance one's athletic performance in several ways. It can improve flexibility and range of motion, speed up the recovery process, minimize pain and eliminate trigger points which can cause weakness in muscles.

What conditions will benefit from massage therapy?

We have experience with successfully treating: Post Fracture Recovery, Tendinitis, Stress, TMJ Dysfunction, Pregnant Women and New Moms, Infants, Edema/Water retention, Strains/Sprains, Cancer Management, Insomnia, Stroke Recovery, Asthma/Emphysema/Bronchitis, Scar Tissue, Neurological conditions like MS & Parkinson’s, Headaches, Whiplash, Constipation, Low Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Post-Surgical Rehabilitation, Inflammatory conditions like Arthritis and Bursitis and much more!

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you need really depends on what exactly is happening in your body. Your therapist will work with you to make a treatment plan that works for you. They will take into consideration your schedule, what you can afford and provide you with self care to do at home to maximize the treatment outcomes.

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Is massage therapy safe in pregnancy?

Massage therapy is not only safe during pregnancy, it can be a wonderful way to help your body adjust to all the changes occurring in your body and the aches and pains that may arise during this time. Your therapist will build your treatment based on the trimester you are in as well as any other issues you could be managing. Safety and comfort are priority and your therapist will make sure to address both of these important things.

Is massage therapy safe for babies? children?

Massage is very safe for babies and children and can provide great benefits. Babies who receive massage have been known to adjust to a normal sleeping schedule much faster than those who don't. Children are so busy these days with more homework than ever along with the activities they are involved in. They too can use the relaxation and pain relief whether it is from growing pains, a heavy backpack or a specific condition.

Is massage therapy covered by OHIP? Private insurance?

Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP at this time. Many insurance companies do cover it and it only takes a phone call to your provider to learn what coverage you have.

Do I need a doctor's referral for massage therapy?

Some insurance companies do require a note or prescription from your doctor before they reimburse for massage. Call your provider to find out if its required and speak with your doctor so you can take full advantage of your health benefits.

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RMT Coupon Deals
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Yes it's tempting, you see those coupon deals being offered everywhere now. Hey, who wouldn't want to get an hour massage at 50% off? But you may not be getting a Registered Massage Therapist, and unfortunately, in a lot of cases, you get what you pay for.

Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario have what is considered some of the best training in the world. We go to school for two years, that's 2200 hours of intensive schooling. We get this training because we are regulated by the government and are held to a very high standard. Upon graduation from a massage therapy school, in order to become "registered", all RMTs must pass a provincial exam. The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario requires that RMTs complete a certain amount of continuing education once they begin practicing and the College keeps tabs on RMTs by performing Peer Assessments to make sure we are upholding the standards of the College. 

 

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Conditions RMT's Help


Massage Therapy and Post-Fracture Recovery: Massage can help to reduce swelling, reduce muscle tightness, improve tissue health, maintain range of motion, and mobilize hypo-mobile joints following a fracture. With all of these benefits, massage can help you heal and gain back regular range of motion more quickly after a fracture.

Massage Therapy and Tendinitis: In the acute stages, massage can help reduce pain, swelling, and treat any compensatory structures that may be experiencing extra strain. Later on in the chronic stages, massage can help to maintain range of motion, reduce adhesions, and reduce muscle tightness. This helps in improving tissue health as well as allowing you to return to your normal activities of daily living more easily.

Massage Therapy and Stress: Massage can help to reduce the sympathetic nervous system firing (i.e. the system responsible for the "fight or flight" response.), and to create an overall sense of well-being. Many people find that having one hour to themselves in which they can completely relax, leaves them feeling rejuvenated and much more at ease.

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