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Massage Therapy

massageMassage Therapy is the fusion of the ancient traditions of body treatment and the scientific disciplines of anatomy, physiology and ‎therapeutic treatment. Massage Therapy has long been used successfully to treat and manage issues such as stress, circulatory and common ailments such as headaches. Modern Massage Therapy has incorporated research to increase the scope of practice to range from injury prevention to aiding in the healing of post-surgical procedures. Massage Therapists now work closely with other ‎alternative practitioners such chiropractic, chiropody, and physiotherapy to deal with day to day maintenance of the physical health of their clients. As well, post-surgical procedures such as knee replacements or the handling of circulatory issues related to cancer are all within the realm of what a Massage Therapist can now address.

Whether dealing with repetitive strain and posture related issues, stress or ‎injury your Massage Therapist can now create a treatment plan to get you back to a healthy state or create a new level of health and mobility not previously available to the client.

Answers to some common questions:

This list is just a small number of the conditions your RMT can address:

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
  • Stress relief and associated conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Back pain
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Circulatory and Respiratory problems
  • Pregnancy and labour discomfort
  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
The practice of massage therapy is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).  Only those who have completed appropriate training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a “Massage Therapist” or a “Registered Massage Therapist”.

All therapists working at Dundas University Health Clinic are fully regulated Registered Massage Therapists (RMT).

Not necessarily!  It depends on what condition you are being treated for and what kinds of techniques your RMT is using. Sometimes in order to make the necessary changes to your tissues (muscles, joints, connective tissue, etc), it is necessary to cause some discomfort. However, this is always negotiated with you before the treatment begins, and you can always ask for less pressure or a different technique to be used if needed. Your comfort with the treatment is extremely important!
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to see a Registered Massage Therapist. However, your extended health care plan (through work or school) may require one before you will be reimbursed. Please check your policy to see if this is the case.