Arriving a few minutes early for your first appointment is recommended as there is paper work to fill out. This includes a health history form, office policy and consent to treat. You can also use this time to provide your therapist with any applicable extended health benefit information and depending on your extended health provider, a doctor's note. Your therapist will go over your health history information with you, answer any questions you may have, and with your consent, perform any assessments required to best customize your massage treatment.
You are welcome to book any length of time you would like for a massage. If you would like a full body massage or multiple areas focused on, it is suggested that you book at least a one hour massage. A shorter duration is sufficient if only one region requires attention. Your massage therapist will recommend how long of a treatment would best suit your needs.
Massage therapy can provide relief for a variety of conditions such as, muscle tension, migraines, whiplash, tension headaches, cervical pain, low back pain, sciatica, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, arthritis pain, plantar faciatis, strains and sprains, stress relief, pregnancy discomfort.
Although the goal of any massage treatment is to provide relief from tense muscle tissue, sometimes after massage especially a deeper tissue massage, it is normal to experience an achy, tender feeling the next day. Your therapist will discuss these potential side effects with you and make suggestions to diminish the effects
Many companies offer registered massage therapy as part of the extended health benefits available to their employees. Although we are familiar with a variety of employee benefit packages, the best way to know exactly what you are covered for is by calling your benefit company and asking them the details of your massage therapy coverage. This phone number is usually located on the back of your benefit card. Questions to ask include: What is my yearly limit? Do they cover 100% of the treatment? Do I need a doctor's prescription for massage therapy?
Most health benefit companies will allow the massage therapist to directly bill them for your massage treatment. Some of these companies include, Manulife, Green Shield, Canada Life and Sunlife. If your health benefit company does not allow direct billing, you will have to pay for the treatment upfront and submit the expense yourself for reimbursement.
You will only need a doctor's note for massage if your extended health plan requires one.