What is Registered Massage Therapy or Manual Therapy?
Often used interchangeably we believe Manual Therapy is massage with intent.
RMT’s are trained in the assessment and diagnosis of soft tissue and joints of the body, the treatment and prevention of injury, pain and physical disorders.
RMT’s provide more than just a “hands-on” experience. Part of your treatments will be dedicated to assessment/reassessment and rehabilitative modalities including hydrotherapy, postural exercises, strengthening and stretching techniques to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment and management plan.
What are the benefits to visiting Registered Massage Therapists for treatments?
As your Chilliwack RMT health care professionals, we are committed to helping you rehabilitate, restore and maintain optimal health and pain-free function of your body.
The benefits to you are reduced stress, pain relief from headaches, reduced pain from injuries or muscle tension, strengthened immune system, improved flexibility and circulation and improved general health and overall wellness.
What is the difference between an RMT and an unregistered bodyworker?
Education for Registered Massage Therapists operating in British Columbia is the highest in North America.
RMT’s are designated Health Care Professionals and are regulated by the government under the BC Health Professions Act and are required to be registered under the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC).
Current Massage Therapy research supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach to injury management and rehabilitation as well as part of a preventative care program. Massage can bridge the gap between our physical well-being and our mental or emotional state.
Now that you know the difference between an RMT and an unregistered bodyworker, you’ll be better equipped to seek out a professional massage therapist to help you in your situation.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called chi (say “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.
Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.
Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles.
What happens during acupuncture?
Your acupuncture provider will give you an examination and ask questions about your pain and how well you are functioning. He or she will also ask about your overall health.
Then your provider will look for the places (called points) on your body to access the chi that is blocked or not flowing right. Each of the points relates to certain health problems or body functions.
Your provider will look for landmarks on your body—using certain muscles or bones, for example—to find the points so that he or she can place the needles.
After the provider finds the points, he or she will quickly tap very thin needles into your skin. He or she will probably place several needles. Some may be placed deeper than others, depending on what the provider believes is needed to restore the flow of chi.
Every provider is different, but in most cases treatment lasts for 15 minutes to an hour. You may have several visits to complete your treatment. Some people have ongoing visits.
What does it feel like?
You may feel slight pressure when a needle goes in. Most people find that it doesn’t hurt. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. Providers believe that this is a sign that the energy flow, or chi, has been accessed.
After the needle is placed, your provider may roll the needle slightly back and forth. Or he or she may use heat or electrical current on the needle.
What is acupuncture used for?
Some people use acupuncture to relieve pain, such as low back pain, or to manage chronic pain from osteoarthritis, headaches, or neck problems. There is some evidence that acupuncture may help to treat pain. But in most cases the studies have been too small to clearly show a benefit.
What is Kinesiology?
As University-educated health professionals, Kinesiologists apply exercise and movement science to promote health and wellbeing; prevent, manage and rehabilitate injuries; treat illness and chronic disease; restore function, and optimize human performance in the workplace, clinical settings, sport and fitness. Kinesiologists are the only human movement specialists that use science and research to offer movement as medicine to any person with a health or fitness goal, who want a hands-on, personalized approach. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages, and physical abilities, in many settings, to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. They improve quality of life, often using interventions that include physical activity.
Who can benefit from seeing a Kinesiologist?
Short answer: EVERYONE!
Asymptomatic population (without symptoms or pathology):
- – Adults in general, including pregnant women
- – Specific clienteles (e.g., paramilitary and military services, workers, astronauts, etc.)
- – Athletes and adventurers
- – Children and adolescents
- – Students (teaching, scholarship athletes (e.g. ‘’Sports-études’’ programs))
- – Seniors and aging populations
Symptomatic and special populations with clinical conditions:
- – Metabolic conditions
- – Cardiovascular conditions
- – Pulmonary conditions
- – Neurological conditions
- – Musculoskeletal problems
- – Mental health and psychiatric diagnoses
- – Other conditions (e.g., chronic pain, sensory disorders, etc.)
The health, and physical activity, needs of any population are multifactorial. Therefore, an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach provides a population with a higher quality of service. Kinesiologists frequently collaborate with other health professionals, to provide multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary interventions, for prevention, treatment and performance. They occasionally contribute to the evaluation with the medical team and are involved in creating a treatment, or intervention, plan.
We Offer Direct Billing To Most Major Insurance Companies
For your convenience, we accept most major insurance companies direct billing information for payment. If your treatments are partially covered on your plan, there may still be a user fee. We treat active ICBC, RCMP and Veterans Affairs. A doctors referral is NOT needed unless required by your insurance company.