About Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, to achieve a therapeutic response. It enhances the function of muscles and joints. It improves the circulation of the blood and lymph, relieves pain and stress, and may reduce blood pressure.

Massage therapy is designed to rehabilitate, maintain or improve physical function by performing manipulation techniques. Massage therapists are also trained in hydrotherapy and remedial exercise. The therapeutic effects of massage therapy benefit men, women, pregnant women, infants, children and the elderly and can provide relief from a wide variety of mild and acute conditions.


Massage Therapy and Health Care

Massage therapists practice in a variety of settings. They often practice in conjunction with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists and chiropractors, but can also work within health spas or in an independent Massage Therapy Clinic.

A Massage Therapist does not preform high-grade joint manipulations, but can preform low-grade joint manipulations.
Massage therapy is not a substitute for medical examination or diagnosis. A massage therapist neither diagnoses nor prescribes for medical illness, disease, or any other physical or mental disorder.

Currently in Nova Scotia, Registered Massage Therapy services are not covered by MSI, nor accepted as a “health care expense” on personal income tax returns.

Massage Therapy services may be covered under your extended health care insurance plan. Please ensure the details of your specific plan with your insurance carrier or plan administrator.