Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Massage Therapy Questions & Answers

  1. Q: What should I expect on my first visit?
    On your first visit, your Therapist will take a confidential health history, which will guide them in performing an assessment. This will help them understand your current physical condition, medical history, lifestyle and stress level. Once this is completed, the Therapist will prescribe a treatment plan which will be explained to you before treatment starts.

  2. Q: Will I have to undress?
    The degree to which you undress is dependent on the treatment and your comfort level. Your Therapist will communicate your treatment plan to you and the areas of your body that will be treated. Your Therapist will briefly leave the room for you to prepare for treatment if required. Once the Therapist leaves the room, most people undrape down to their underpants and cover themselves with a sheet. Your privacy will be protected at all times. The Therapist is trained to drape towels or sheets discreetly over areas of the body not involved in the treatment.

  3. Q: Is massage therapy painful?
    There may be some injuries or conditions that may be uncomfortable. During the course of treatment, there will be continual communication between the Therapist and client on whether the pressure is too deep or soft. The Therapist is well trained and experienced in modifying technique and pressure to ensure maximum patient comfort is attained. Most people actually find massage therapy to be very relaxing and therapeutic.

  4. Q: How long do massage treatments last?
    Massage therapy treatments can last 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes. The length of treatment depends on several factors including patient comfort, number of areas being treated, and the specificity of therapeutic goals. The Therapist will discuss with you what treatment time may be best for you.

  5. Q: Is massage therapy covered by insurance?
    Yes. If you have Extended Health Care (EHC) insurance you may be eligible for all or part of your treatment to be reimbursed. In some instances, insurance plans may require a physician's referral prior to the start of treatments. Your employer, human resource representative, or union will be able to provide information as to the details of your coverage for massage therapy under your EHC plan. Massage Therapy may also be covered by your automobile insurance company in the event of a motor vehicle accident, and by Veterans Affairs Canada, in the case of war veterans.