CMTA Launches RMT/ACT to Fight for Tax Exemption

The Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA), has launched a new website –

GST Update for Members

Dear Members,

RE: GST Now Required on RMTBC Membership Dues and Services

In the spring of 2017, the RMTBC (the Association) received notification from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the Association’s 2016 GST return as filed was going to be examined prior to assessment. As part of the examination, CRA has determined that members receive direct tangible benefits and services that are above the threshold allowed by CRA and therefore GST should be charged.

RMTBC's Mental Health and the Body, March 31, 2017

Presented by: Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia
Date: Friday, March 31st, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Anvil Centre, New Westminster, BC
Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch

RMTBC Manual Therapy Conference, April 16-18, 2016

(Vancouver, B.C.) - Brenda Locke, Executive Director of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of B.C. (RMTBC) and Bodhi Haraldsson and Harriet Hall, Conference Co-Chairs, are pleased to announce their biennial conference will take place April 16-18, 2016 at the brand new Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Titled “Manual Therapy: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Science and Practice,” the conference promises to explore and address the science of manual therapy using safe and effective manipulative and/or movement therapies with sound science underpinning theoretical constructs.

More details on Consent to Treatment

A number of RMTs have been asking whether they require the consent of their patients to provide certain limited information about treatments to their patient's insurance provider. The answer is that it depends upon the information. In some cases you may not require the express permission of your patient to release information to the insurance company that is paying for their treatment.

S. 8 of the BC Personal Information Protection Act provides as follows:

• Implicit consent

Dr. Robert Schleip and Lisa Prosser-Watson, RMT at the 4th World Fascial Research Congress

Dr. Robert Schleip, Ph.D., International Rolfing Instructor, Fascial Anatomy Teacher and Researcher with Lisa Prosser-Watson, a B.C. RMT attending the 4th World Fascial Research Congress.

RMTBC Fulfills Commitment to Advanced Education with $14,000 Scholarship

With its mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of massage therapy, the RMTBC announces it has granted a $14,000 scholarship to Robert Hemsworth, Registered Massage Therapist, to continue his education in the Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSC) program at the University of British Columbia.

Analysis of provider specialties in the treatment of patients with clinically diagnosed back and joint problems


RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Although several studies have compared patient outcomes by provider specialty in the treatment of back and joint pain, little is known about the cost-effectiveness of improving patient outcomes across specialties. This study uses a large-scale, nationally representative database to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of being treated by specific provider specialists for back and joint pain in the United States. 


Patients With Neck Pain are Less Likely to Improve if They Experience Poor Sleep Quality: A Prospective Study in Routine Practice

OBJECTIVE: To assess whether sleep quality (SQ) at baseline is associated with improvement in pain and disability at 3 months. 

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four hundred twenty-two subacute and chronic patients with neck pain (NP) were recruited in 32 physiotherapy, primary care, and specialized centers. NP, referred pain, disability, catastrophizing, depression, and SQ were assessed through validated questionnaires, upon recruitment and 3 months later. Correlations between baseline scores were calculated through the Spearman coefficient. Improvements in NP, disability, and SQ were defined as a reduction of ≥30% of baseline score. Six estimative logistic regression models were developed to assess the association between baseline SQ and improvement of NP, baseline SQ and improvement of disability, baseline NP and improvement of SQ, baseline disability and improvement of SQ, the evolutions of NP and SQ, and the evolutions of disability and SQ.

I read more than 50 scientific studies about yoga. Here's what I learned. - Vox

The bottom line

What we know:

Yoga is probably just as good for your health as many other forms of exercise. But it seems particularly promising for improving lower back pain and — crucially — reducing inflammation in the body, which can actually help stave off disease. Yoga also seems to enhance "body awareness," or people's sense of what's going on inside themselves.

What we don't know:

Whether some forms of yoga...