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BC’s Registered Massage Therapist (RMT):

In BC, RMTs must complete a 2200 hour 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 Therapist of BC (CMTBC), and must continue with post-graduate studies to maintain registration. RMTs honor a strict code of ethics set by the CMTBC, which ensures that patient receive safe, competent, and ethical care.

RMTs and research

RMTs are linking research to practice, including providing evidence-based patient education and remedial exercise.

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.
What does an RMT do?

RMTs are trained to evaluate individual health needs, and provide active and passive techniques for complete patient care.

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in British Columbia are health care professionals committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health and pain-free function of the body.

They are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening, postural exercise and patient education.

RMTs act upon the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to improve health.


What are some of the conditions RMTs provide treatment for?

Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in the demand for massage therapy in B.C. This can be attributed to higher educational standards, research studies showing the efficacy of massage therapy, and an overall increase in public demand for non-surgical and drug-free treatment options.

In British Columbia , over 75 percent of medical physicians regularly refer their patients to a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) - and they make these referrals because massage therapy is both accessible and effective in the treatment of their patients' conditions. Today, RMTs use a blend of modern science and ancient philosophies, utilizing specific techniques and modalities to treat many conditions that may include, but are not limited to:

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Massage therapy is also remarkably effective when used as part of a preventive care program. Some examples of general wellness care include pre or post-natal care (pregnancy), infant massage, stress management, sports training, injury prevention and performance enhancement.

Need more information?

To find out more information visit: www.massagetherapy.bc, Massage Therapy Association of British Columbia and www.cmtbc.bc, College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia.

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