Condition Types

In British Columbia, medical physicians regularly refer their patients to a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) - and they make these referrals because massage therapy is both accessible and effective in the treatment of their patients' conditions. Today, RMTs use a blend of modern science and ancient philosophies, utilizing specific techniques and modalities.

Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in the demand for massage therapy in BC. This can be attributed to higher educational standards, research studies showing the efficacy of massage therapy, and an overall increase in public demand for non-surgical and drug-free treatment options.

RMTs work with illness, injury and disability in diverse and broad patient populations. They are primary health care professionals that focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal and related systems.

Treatment and management of many health conditions by massage therapists is supported by research.

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Below is a list of some conditions RMTs treat and assist with:
 

Doctor's Information

RMT Doctor's Coverage

 

 

Autoimmune Rheumatic Disorders

Raynaud’s Disease

Systematic Lupus Erythematosus
 

 

Bursa, Bone, Muscle and Tendon Disorders

Fibromyalgia

Muscle Cramps

Tendinopathies (tendonitis)

Contusions

Muscle Tension/Spasm

Sprains

Strains

Osteoporosis

 

 

Foot and Ankle Disorders

Medial Plantar Nerve Entrapment

Metatarsalgia

Plantar Fasciosis
 

 

Joint Disorders

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Osteoarthritis (OA)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

 

 

Neck and Back Pain

Sciatica

Degenerative Disc Disease (slipped disc)

Facet pain

Whiplash and associated disorders

Scoliosis

Thoracic outlet syndrome
 

 

Hand Disorders

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Osteoarthritis of the Hand

Ergonomics

 

 

Shoulder & Elbow Conditions

Frozen Shoulder

Golfers/tennis elbow (tendonopathy)
 

 

Headaches

Tension

Migraine

TMJ dysfunction
 

 

Hip, Leg & Knee Disorders

Illiotibial Band Impingement Syndrome

Patellar Tracking Dysfunction

Shin splints (compartment syndrome)

Anterior ligament tears

 

Psychological Disorders

Anxiety

Depression

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
 

 

Cancer Care

Post Mastectomy Care

Nausea

Pain

Lymphoedema
 

 

Female Health

Pregnancy (Pre and Post Care)

Labour Care

Pelvic Pain
 

 

Paediatrics

Colic

Infant massage
 

 

Neurological disorders

Multiple sclerosis

Spastic paralysis

Stroke

Parkinsons
 

 

Asthma

COPD

Emphysema
 

 

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Massage therapy is also remarkably effective when used as part of a preventive care program. Some examples of general wellness care include pre or post-natal care (pregnancy), infant massage, stress management, sports training, injury prevention and performance enhancement.