“Injuries of this nature are not only painfully debilitating, they put stress on all aspects of one’s life.” – Davin Rogers, Registered Massage Therapist, Rebound Sport & Spine
Many of us have experienced the benefits of a relaxation massage – you walk out the door with looser muscles, less tension, and less stress. But when you have an injury, you need more than a relaxation massage. You need someone highly trained in anatomy and physiology and how the musculoskeletal system works so they can not only avoid hurting you more, but target areas that need release to assist healing.
Our massage therapist will work with you to relieve pain and tightness of injured areas and the areas they are connected to. And the best part? You still get to leave with looser muscles, less tension and less stress! If you are looking for an RMT who can not only help you relax but can help you rebound from injury by getting you back to optimal function, you have come to the right place
What is Registered Massage Therapy?
The short answer: Registered Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body by a Registered Massage Therapist.
The plain English answer: Massage that promotes healing, by someone who knows what they are doing!
The long answer: The following services provided by someone registered with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia: “…massage therapy means the health profession in which a person provides, for the purposes of developing, maintaining, rehabilitating or augmenting physical function, or relieving pain or promoting health, the services of a) assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and b) treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction, injury, pain and disorders of soft tissue and joints of the body by manipulation,
mobilization and other manual methods.” – BC Health Professions Act
What can you expect at your first Registered Massage Therapy appointment?
1. Medical History & Assessment: Your initial visit will consist of a consultation of your medical history, as well as a thorough assessment (examination) of your current condition or injury. These are vital steps in your treatment as your therapist uses this information to make an educated decision on the best approach to treatment for you. It is very important that you do not leave anything out, as things that may not seem immediately relevant could actually have great influence on the risks and benefits of the treatment chosen for you. Remember, massage therapy is much more than just a massage, and it is in your best interest that your therapist gathers as much information as they need to provide you the most effective treatment possible.
2. Treatment: It is the therapist’s goal to provide some hands-on treatment (manual therapy) at the first visit but please be prepared that this may not happen in rare situations. ICBC, WorkSafeBC appointments, and complicated or chronic conditions often require longer examination time and therefore may affect treatment time. During any hands-on portion of the treatment, your therapist will check with you to make sure you are comfortable with both the environment and with the pressure being used. You also have the right to discontinue treatment at any time if you become uncomfortable, even after you have given consent written and verbal consent.
3. Prevention: Towards the end of your visit, your therapist will take some time to discuss his/her findings and recommendations. In addition to the examination and treatment, another important part of your care is patient education and remedial exercise (self-care). Often, exercises & home care will be given at a later appointment (after your therapist has become familiar with your condition and has been able to assess your response to treatment) but be prepared that basic home care or instructions may be given at your first appointment
4. Referral for Other Treatment: Based on the findings from your Massage Therapist, they may also recommend trying additional therapies at Rebound so you can have the best recovery from your pain.