Regulated and Licensed: Your Registered Massage Therapist
– By Colleen Bruce, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy is a widely recognized and professionally governed health care practice. A Registered Massage Therapist’s education involves thorough knowledge of the anatomy of muscoskeletal, nervous and orthopedic systems and kinesiology.
RMT’s are trained in manual skills and clinical assessment which throughout the course of their education is practically applied within the educational institutions in- house clinic, community in-reach and outreach programs. They are trained in Joint Mobilization, Manual Lymph Drainage, Cranial Sacral, Therapeutic Exercise and Hydrotherapy. To acquire a license to practice as an RMT in British Columbia, after graduating from an accredited college one must successfully pass written and oral board exams. As a healthcare professional in order to maintain our licensing, we are required to fulfill a defined amount of continuing education courses set by the College of Massage Therapists of BC.
A massage therapist will apply their knowledge to an individuals needs to provide pain relief, assist in a patient’s recovery from a trauma or postural correction. Stretching, strengthening and hydrotherapy exercises are provided by RMT’s to support patients on the road back to functioning in their activities of daily living.