Q: What is a Registered Massage Therapist?
A: Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) are regulated healthcare professionals in British Columbia that work on musculoskeletal health. They complete education in orthopaedic and physiologic health science. Their program schedule includes anatomy and physiology, pathology, neurology, kinesiology, orthopaedics, hydrotherapy, clinical assessment, manual lymph drainage, therapeutic exercise, athletic treatments, medication, surgery knowledge, nutrition and pain management.
Upon graduating, they must pass 3 provincial written theory exams, an ethical exam, as well as a practical board exam in order to be licensed. Their regulatory body, The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, requires continuing education and upgrading of skills and knowledge annually in order to keep the "registered" status.
Q; What does a Registered Massage Therapist do?
Most people associate the word "massage" with the kneading and rubbing of muscles and soft tissue, which falls under the treatment modality of "Swedish massage". This style of treatment is the foundation taught to ALL massage therapist worldwide, regardless of their title (RMT, spa practitioners, body workers, etc).
Swedish massage is an elementary level of massage therapy. It is very useful for temporarily treating pain symptoms, but it rarely resolves the root of the problem. For example, if your back is sore and you rub it, it does momentarily feel better, but that probably has not fixed the issue completely.
Registered Massage Therapists are trained in techniques such as trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, neuromuscular facilitation, myofascial release, active release technique, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy, manual lymph drainage and deep tissue work.