FAQ

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions 

How can Osteopathy/Massage Therapy help me? 

Osteopathy and Massage Therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions and is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems, including: Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis Stress relief and associated conditions Headaches and migraines Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains Back pain Repetitive strain injury Circulatory and Respiratory problems Pregnancy and labour discomfort Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation.

What happens on the first visit ? 

On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history. This is important information that I need to know, if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. I will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs, as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). I will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.

Do I have to remove all my clothing for Osteopathic Treatment?

No. unlike Massage Therapy, your clothes are left on in most cases. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner typically uses a variety of treatment positionsdepending on the area of treatment and the chosen technique – wearing clothing better allows for this. It is asked that you wear comfortable, loose fitted clothing to the appointment. Your comfort level is always considered before and during the treatment, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. In some cases of treatment, if massage therapy is used, the removal of some clothing may be requested. All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.

 Does Osteopathy or Massage Therapy hurt?

 Osteopathy is typically very gentle, and therefore an effective means to treat anyone, of any age. As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when manual therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes and no technique of this nature is used without the first discussing it with you and obtaining your permission. A comfort scale will be established and I will work to your tolerance level. You can stop or change the treatment at any time and I will modify my techniques to meet the your needs.

What can I expect from a treatment with Colin?

 The flow of an Osteopathic treatment . Osteopathy is said to be a blend of art and science, and it is for this reason, that every Osteopathic Manual Practitioner offers his/her unique style of treatment. Treatments are highly individualized based on what the specific needs are, on a given day. This can change from day to day, so no two treatments “look alike”. I do my very best to assimilate all the verbal information I’m given during our discussion, and in combination with my osteopathic assessment, create a highly personalized plan to alleviate the root cause of the issue at hand.

How can massage therapy help me?

Massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions and is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems, including: Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis Stress relief and associated conditions Headaches and migraines Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains Back pain Repetitive strain injury Circulatory and Respiratory problems Pregnancy and labour discomfort Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation 

What happens on the first visit?

 On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history (or download one from this website, that you may fill in at home) as part of your assessment. This is important information that I need to know, if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. I will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). I will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment, that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.

 Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?

 No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Registered Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. I can provide important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment. I do ask that you wear comfortable clothing to the appointment when possible. During an assessment, it may be necessary to produce movements of the body, and/or orthopedic testing, and restrictive clothing may hinder the effectiveness of this assessment

 Does massage therapy hurt?

 As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes and no technique of this nature is used without the first discussing it with you and obtaining your permission. A comfort scale will be established and I will work to your tolerance level. You can stop or change the treatment at any time and I will modify my techniques to meet the your needs.

What can I expect from a treatment with Colin?

Over the 12 years I’ve been a practicing Registered Massage Therapist, I’ve taken many advanced training courses, including my current study of osteopathy. My treatments are representative of this extended study, in that, I compose specific treatments for my clients, based on their individual needs – drawing from all the manual therapeutic techniques I’ve learned. Treatments may include: craniosacral, myofascial release, deep tissue, muscle energy, general osteopathic techniques, strain/counterstrain

 Who pays for Massage Therapy and Osteopathy?

 Most progressive extended health insurance plans cover massage therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist. Most do not require a physician's order for treatments, although a few may still have this requirement. Most plans require that the covered individual pay for the treatment and submit the expense for reimbursement. Contact your employer for more information. 

Why do Massage Therapists charge HST?

 Under the federal Excise Tax Act, massage therapy is a service to which GST was applied. While massage therapists are considered health care practitioners under Ontario Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, massage therapy is not included in the definition of health services that are exempt from the application of the HST. The list of exemptions is controlled by the federal government and the federal Minister of Finance has made it clear that the current policies governing exemptions will remain in place. A health profession can be exempted if is it regulated in five provinces or territories or if it is paid for in the health plans of three provinces. Massage therapy does not meet either of these conditions.

 Will my personal information be kept private?

As regulated health professionals, Massage Therapists are required as a part of the standards set by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to maintain the information you provide, both verbally and in written form, in the strictest of confidence. In addition, Registered Massage Therapists are covered by Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004. As a result, information that is collected about clients may be collected only with consent, may only be disclosed with consent or to your immediate health providers (circle of care), and must be secured and maintained. Any concerns about the requirements of this legislation or about whether a Registered Massage Therapist breached the requirements of the Act may be addressed to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

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