If you don’t know much about the massage therapy industry yet, this is the place to be!
Massage therapy is a growing form of therapy that benefits virtually everyone, including but not limited to those suffering from various conditions such as joint and muscle pain, nerve pain, restricted range of motion, headaches, digestive conditions, high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, depression and trouble sleeping. It can also be used in conjunction with other healthcare treatments to manage pain, increase mobility or aid healing after injury or surgery. In addition, massage therapy can be utilized as a preventative measure against athletic, repetitive strain or other musculoskeletal injuries.
Unfortunately massage therapy is not yet a regulated health profession in Manitoba, resulting in the public perception that it is not a valid or equal form of therapy in comparison to others such as chiropractic or physiotherapy. Regulation can identify massage therapy as a health care profession, reserve the titles of “massage therapist” and “registered massage therapist” for those eligible to register through the Regulatory College (read more here), and isolate massage therapy from other industries which provide forms of massage that are not recognized as therapy, such as aesthetics.
In addition, regulation can benefit clients by making massage therapy more recognized by insurance companies than it currently is. This will make massage therapy more accessible to clients who otherwise cannot afford to pay for treatments out of pocket.
For more information about the massage therapy industry in Manitoba and our quest for regulation, visit the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba.