What does a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) do?
-RMTs are trained to evaluate individual health needs, and provide active and passive techniques for complete patient care.
-RMTs provide an accurate assessment, differential diagnosis, and prognosis of specific soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions.
-RMTs act upon the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to improve health.
BC’s Registered Massage Therapists:
-Have over 3000 hours of training, the highest standards in North America.
-have mandatory continuing education and upgrading.
-are linking research to practice, including providing evidence-based patient education and remedial exercise.
RMTs and Research
-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 improved muscle strength, joint movement and a patient’s deep sleep and quality of life.
In BC, RMTs must complete a 3-year 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 Therapists of BC (CMTBC), and must continue with post-graduate studies to maintain registration. RMTs honour a strict code of ethics set by the CMTBC, which ensures that patients receive safe, competent, and ethical care.