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Frequently Asked Questions.

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KMI
1. How is Structural Integration different from clinical massage therapy?
2. Does this form of bodywork hurt?
3. What does myofascia mean and what is fascia?
4. Are these sessions covered under medical or MSP?
5. How often should I have these sessions?
6. Can KMI help my pain?

RMT
7. What takes place during a massage therapy treatment?
8. What conditions can be treated with massage therapy?
9. Does MSP, my extended health plan or some other type of insurer or assistance program cover massage therapy
10. What should I bring?

KMI QUESTIONS

1.How is Structural Integration different from clinical massage therapy?

Many of the myofascial techniques are similar, however Structural Integration is usually slower and deeper than most massage. The most significant difference lies in the series of sessions. Structural Integration aims to effect a change across the whole alignment and functioning of the body over the series of sessions. Massage therapy usually aims to relieve symptoms by working on specific areas.

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2. Does this form of bodywork hurt?
This method of bodywork is not designed to be painful; however, it is designed to effect a change in the body's tissues. Since compensations are often held in tough and congested tissue, work in these areas can be sensitive and create sensation.

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3. What does myofascia mean and what is fascia?
Myofascia refers to tissues that comprise muscle (myo) and fascia. Fascia is the white tissue that connects and wraps almost all structures in the body. The muscular tissue moves us around, but it works through the connective tissue fascia, the tendons, and the ligaments at every turn, and it is the connective tissue complex that holds us in the shape we are in.

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4. Are these sessions covered under medical or MSP?
No, currently Structural Integration is not covered by medical insurance or MSP in Canada.

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5. How often should I have these sessions?
You need to allow enough time between session to integrate what has happened during the session, and not wait so long that you loose the momentum of the previous session. This varies for everyone, but for most people one or two weeks between sessions works best.

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6. Can KMI help my pain?
The KMI process of bodywork brings the myofascial system of the body into greater ease and balance. With increased balance the body can find better alignment and functioning. If your pain is caused by the myofascial system or its imbalance then you are likely to benefit from KMI.

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RMT QUESTIONS

7. What takes place during a massage therapy treatment?
A typical first appointment would involve an interview and assessment to determine the predominant area of dysfunction and any other important factors that affect function. Hands-on treatment occurs while the patient is lying down or seated in a comfortable position. Some techniques are applied with lotion and some without. Treatment frequently involves standing or sitting up to assess movement or perform a take-home exercise.

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8. What conditions can be treated with massage therapy?
Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in the demand for the high quality treatment RMTs provide in BC. RMT’s use a blend of modern science and manual skills, to treat many conditions. Common examples include; Low back pain, Frozen shoulder, Headaches, Neck pain, Digestive problems, Chronic pain, Postural compensations, Sprains and Sports injuries.

Massage therapy is also remarkably effective when used as part of a preventive care program. For example, pre or post-natal care (pregnancy) stress management, sports training, injury prevention and performance enhancement.

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9. Is massage therapy covered by my insurance provider?
Most extended medical plans will cover 75-100% of the treatment fees. The patient should check with their insurer to confirm details. Patients will have to pay the clinic directly and be reimbursed by their insurance provider.

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10. What should I bring?
Wear underwear that you are comfortable in, or workout gear. Bring any previous medical reports (x-ray or MRI reports) that could be relevant to your treatment.

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