What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain
- A Recognized Massage Therapy Program (usually 2 years)
- A minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience
- Standardized practical and written exams
- Registration with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (or geographic equivalent)
What about Sports Massage Therapists?
- First Responder Certification (1 week)
- 500 hours experience with sport (including contact and non-contact)
- Standardized written exam
So how is RMT different from AT?
This idea actually points out the major difference between Athletic Therapy and Massage Therapy: Massage is one tool that Athletic Therapists use in conjunction with dozens of other tools and techniques. While an RMT is more practised and skilled at Massage then an AT, an AT is much more rounded and able to treat injuries. An AT also will usually use a much more rounded approach, and include a lot more activity and exercise when treating patients.
Many AT's will also refer their patients to see an RMT as part of their treatment program, which is why a multi-disciplinary clinic is such a great advantage!
What does that mean?
At major events, it is not uncommon to see both an Athletic Therapist and a Massage Therapist working together to care for athletes, especially if it is a long distance or endurance event. If you have to choose one or the other, an Athletic Therapist is usually able to provide a much more rounded level of care for your athletes including Emergency Care, Injury Prevention, and Follow up and Rehabilitation of athletic injuries.