Massage Therapy Clinics Remain Open During the Lockdown
RMTs have implemented PPE & Sanitation Protocols that have proven to prevent the spread of Covid-19. During the upcoming Stay at Home Order, RMTs are required to complete a Risk Assessment Prior to each appointment to ensure the benefits of massage outweigh the potential risks to the client & the RMT.
Covid Screening Questionnaires completed by the patient PRIOR to each appointment ensure all persons who enter the clinic do not pose a health risk to staff members or patients.
Conducting a Risk Assessment PRIOR to Treatment
RMTs must consider the principle of minimizing harm, highlighted by both the chief medical officer of health and in CMTO’s code of ethics. RMTs should be providing in-person treatment when the anticipated benefits of treatment outweigh the risks to the client and the RMT. In determining whether it is best to provide Massage Therapy treatment to a client, an RMT must always weigh the potential risks (harm) of providing treatment (e.g. contracting COVID-19 and/or spreading it within their community) against the potential benefit of the treatment.
Should I Schedule a Massage Appointment?
Massage Therapy can provide much needed relief from both physical and psychological stress. Many people now struggle with professional Burnout and feelings of isolation are now very common issues due to a plethora scenarios created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Massage therapy can become an integral part of your healthy lifestyle, with your RMT providing you with immediate symptom relief to your aches and pains, alongside exercise advice & supportive motivation!
If you find yourself being effected by your aches and pains to the point where it is negatively impacting your day-to-day life, then a massage appointment would be of benefit. It is a personal choice for everyone to make for themselves, and your RMT will do everything possible to ensure your health and safety should you chose to schedule a massage.
Sanitation & PPE Protocol @ MYP
- HEPA Filter Air Purifier
- Level 1-3 medical procedure Masks worn throughout each treatment by both practitioner & patient
- Apron worn by the RMT creates additional contamination/physical barrier
- Cleaner & Disinfectants effective in 1-3 min are used to twice clean all equipment between each appointment
- ALL touched surfaces (light switch, chair, side table, doorknobs, etc) are sprayed with disinfectant between each patient
- eye protection / face shields available for cases that require it
Many Regions Across Ontario are Now Classified as Covid-19 RED ZONES: What Does this Mean for Your Healthcare Needs?
Your Health Is Important! With many people suffering from the effects of poor at-home work ergonomics as well as the psychological implications of social isolation, Massage Therapy can be a welcomed SAFE addition to your self-care routine. Our regulatory college continues to support RMTs scheduling appointments during this trying time - so rest assured your health is in good hands!
Corona Virus - Understanding Your Individual Risk
Most Canadians should be able to limit their risk of exposure by following a few precautions.
- Wash your hands regularly and often
- Avoid touching your face, mouth & eyes
- Avoid crowded areas such as movie theaters, malls, hospitals & healthcare clinics
- When out in public keep gracious personal space between yourself and others
- IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS STAY HOME
Health Canada Has Posted Further Information to Help You Assess Whether You Should Be Self Isolating. Current Statistics Show that only those individuals with Weakened Immune Systems or Those over the age of 80 Fall within the "High Risk" Category.
Self Monitoring, Self Isolation & Isolation
Learn more about what to do if you've been exposed to Covid-19