Massage Therapy is a centuries old form of drug-free, non-invasive healing that uses various forms of touch to: manage and reduce pain, increase circulation and immune system function, reduce stress, increase muscle flexibility and joint function, as well as contribute to a sense of well-being. It is known that there is a direct link between our physical health and our mental or emotional state. Massage therapy is a therapy which can positively affect both.

Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) in B.C must complete at least 3,000 hours of training at an accredited college. Standard educational requirements include comprehensive studies in health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and neuroanatomy. Other studies include clinical sciences such as manual skills, orthopaedics, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy and patient education. The management of chronic diseases, injuries and the effects of long-term stress are also studied extensively. To maintain status as a Registered Therapist, RMTs must obtain a number of continuing education credits within a given cycle. This ensures that RMT’s are up-to-date in new research and techniques as well as constantly reviewing and refining treatment skills and knowledge.

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Massage Therapy is appropriate for:

  • Muscle strains
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Arthritis (degenerative and inflammatory)
  • Pregnancy
  • Neurological conditions
  • Overuse injuries (including too much time at the computer!)
  • Whiplash
  • Stress reduction and general well-being

And much, much more!

Other Services

Lymphatic Drainage: Lymphatic drainage is an advanced therapy using a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to stimulate the lymphatic system. This therapy brings relief and control to lymphedemas, promotes healing and improves the appearance of scars, can minimize stretch marks and improve many chronic conditions as well as strengthen the immune system.

Here at Cross Roads Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy, we use a number of different techniques and treatment modalities to cater to you as an individual. From initial assessment, through treatment and rehabilitation, we will create a plan of treatment to give you the care that you need all in a relaxing and tranquil setting.

FAQs

What should I expect from my first massage therapy visit?
Does my extended health care plan cover massage therapy treatments?
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
Do I need to get undressed for my treatment?

What should I expect from my first massage therapy visit?
We ask that you complete a medical history form either online (through a link we send you) or in-person by having you arrive few minutes before your appointment. This provides a picture of your current level of health and ensures there are no contraindications to massage therapy. The therapist will conduct an interview and assessment to understand your individual health needs. Following the assessment, the therapist will leave the room allowing you to disrobe and get into position on the massage table (covered by a sheet). The therapist will re-enter the room and perform the treatment. When the therapist is finished, he/she will leave the room allowing you privacy to dress. Once you are dressed the therapist will meet with you again to discuss the treatment and assign necessary home exercises such as stretches and strengthening exercises. The first visit is usually a minimum of 45 minutes to allow enough time for proper assessment and treatment.

Does my extended health care plan cover massage therapy treatments?
The majority of extended health care plans cover registered massage therapy treatments. The extent of the coverage depends on your individual insurance policy so you should check with your employer or insurer to determine the coverage you have. The clinic offers direct billing to most insurers including Pacific Blue Cross, Canada Life, Green Shield Canada, Manulife and Sunlife etc. Please bring your member ID card to your appointment.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?
There is no requirement to have a referral to see a registered massage therapist. Sometimes a referral may be required by your extended health care plan. You need to check with your policy to see if you need one to be reimbursed for the treatments.

Do I need to get undressed for my treatment?
Direct skin contact is best and normally we will need to apply oil or lotion. If you would like, you can wear a sport short and top. It is possible to do a session with clothes on; whatever will make you feel most comfortable.