What is Massage Therapy?
“The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissues and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.”
What training is required to become a massage therapist?
To practice massage therapy within the province of Nova Scotia a therapist is required to have successfully completed a 2-year program within the field of massage therapy, which involves the study of anatomy, physiology, specific massage therapy techniques, and clinical experience. The therapist must also be an active member of the Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia.
What conditions do massage therapists treat?
Massage Therapists treat such conditions as: low back pain, whiplash, neck and shoulder tension, sprains, strains, tendonitis, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, bursitis, headaches/migraines, fibromyalgia, pregnancy discomfort, stress, respiratory problems, TMJ dysfunction, and symptomatic relief from a variety of diseases (i.e. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, etc)
Do provincial health care programs cover massage therapy?
No, Nova Scotia healthcare does not currently cover massage therapy however many private health insurance companies and government group medical insurance provide full or partial coverage under extended insurance plans. It is recommended that you check your individual policy to determine your type of coverage.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to see a massage therapist?
If you are paying for the massage therapy treatments and are not looking at getting reimbursed from your insurance company, you do not require a doctor’s referral. If your insurance company will be reimbursing you, a doctor’s referral may be required depending on your extended insurance plan (recommended checking into plan prior to treatment)
Are there any preparations I need to make before my appointment?
It is recommended that you refrain from eating approximately 90 minutes prior to the massage treatment. Massage is similar to a workout where blood is redirected from your digestive system to the peripheral working tissues. Therefore, if you have a large meal in your belly digestion will be poor as the food is not getting priority and you may experience some discomfort during the treatment. It is also recommended that you remove all jewellry prior to the massage and be prepared to put long hair up and out of the way.
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What happens if I am late, or miss my appointment?
We ask that you please give us 24 hours notice to cancel or change an appointment. If you cancel without 24 hours notice, or miss an appointment completely without notice to our front desk staff, you may be charged a fee. Any patient arriving late for their appointment will be given the remainder of the allotted treatment time and charged for the length of time booked. If the therapist's schedule permits she may be able to accommodate the full treatment time.
If you find you are unable to keep an appointment, call right away. If you call at a time when we are closed or lines are busy, please leave a message. Messages are picked up first thing each morning, Monday to Friday, and throughout the day. Leave a message on the weekend to be retrieved Monday morning. Do not email a cancellation as emails are checked sporadically for other purposes.
We will do our best to give you a call as soon as it is apparent that you have missed your appointment. Proactively, we try always to call to remind you of your massage therapy appointment.
While a late cancellation or missed appointment fee is generally the clinic's policy, the individual therapist may waive the fee for exceptional circumstance.