Reason #5: The holidays are stressful
Taking time off work is supposed to be a relaxing experience. Most Canadians only get a week or two away from the office, and even then we are inundated with emails, missed calls, and “urgent” tasks (which turn out to not be as urgent as you thought). With such a limited amount of time off every year you want to be able to relax, recharge, and refocus.
The holidays are all about family, which is the most important thing in the world, but sometimes the most stressful. Rather than relieve your stress, the holidays may only amplify it. You have to find the perfect gifts, set up decorations, travel to see relatives, or host your in-laws. At the end of the holiday season it is always worth the extra work, but do you feel less stressed?
Taking a few hours over the course of the holiday season for a massage will help alleviate the stress and anxiety that accumulates from work and the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Reason #4: Your insurance will cover it… but have you made the most of it?
If you are covered by a health insurance plan through your employer, or your spouse then you are most likely covered for registered massage therapy. Check with either your insurance provider or your massage therapist to see if you are covered.
Most insurance plans will cover a maximum amount within a specific time period, usually a calendar year. So if you haven’t used all your massage therapy coverage this year, then you may have plenty of coverage just waiting to be used – coverage that will reset in January.
Reason #3: Massage relieves a host of physical symptoms
Massage therapy treats a range of physical symptoms including:
Registered massage therapy is also a hugely effective preventive measure to prevent injury in athletes, the elderly, and everyone in between. Strain from repetitive movements like sitting behind a computer or driving a vehicle can also cause long term pain and injury, which can be mitigated by effective massage therapy.
Reason #2: Improve your mental health
Registered massage therapy also has mental benefits:
Registered massage therapy is not a cure-all but it can certainly be an effective way to alleviate stress, anxiety and the physical symptoms these conditions sometimes cause.
Reason #1: You deserve it!
The main reason to get a massage this holiday season? You deserve it! The holidays are all about thinking about others, but once in a while the best thing you can do for everyone else is take care of yourself. Contact Meadowlands Physiotherapy today. There's still time to book a massage over the Christmas holidays so you can help your body relax and destress, feeling refreshed for the New Year.
Many Canadians are not aware of the fact that their medical coverage through their employer, spouse, or parents’ insurance benefits may cover massage therapy. Almost all insurance plans cover a maximum amount within a set period of time (typically a year). That means that if you exceed this maximum within the calendar year you may have to pay out of your own pocket unless you upgrade your insurance plan. However, it also means that if you are under your maximum limit then you are not making the most of your plan and are leaving money on the table.
If you have a plan and have not used all your massage coverage yet, then you are essentially letting your coverage go to waste.
Know your coverage
Not every plan will cover the entire cost of registered massage therapy. In most cases the majority of the cost will be covered, but in other instances only a percentage (80% is common) will be covered. It’s important to either talk to your insurance provider, or ask your registered massage therapist – they can call your insurance provider on your behalf to get a clear picture of how your coverage works.
How many people use insurance?
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario commissioned a study which found that, in Ontario, 75% of patients pay for their registered massage therapy, in full or in part, through workplace insurance benefits. It is a common and accepted practice in Canada to use your work coverage to pay for registered massage therapy.
Registered massage therapy works
Using workplace insurance to cover the cost of registered massage therapy helps to alleviate both physical and mental conditions including:
Relieve work stress with a massage
One of the biggest benefits to patients is the stress relieving qualities of registered massage therapy. In Canada stress resulting from job-related factors costs an estimated $16 billion per year. Using your coverage to pay for registered massage therapy is not only beneficial to you, but also to your employer. Massage therapy will make you a more relaxed, happy, and productive employee.
Repetitive strain injuries (resulting from performing the same task over and over again, like typing, or working in factory or shop) now affects one in ten Canadians. Registered massage therapy is an effective preventative therapy for mitigating the strain caused by performing repetitive tasks.
Since massage alleviates physical and mental health conditions, and is an effective preventative therapy it has a broad range of applications. So, if massage is covered by your insurance plan then you should make the most of it during the stressful holiday season and before your benefits reset in January.
Massage in Ancaster
If you are looking for registered massage therapy in Ancaster, Ontario then look no further than Meadowlands Physiotherapy, Ancaster's preeminent physiotherapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy provider. Patients receive personalized treatment plans to meet their needs. Flexible payment solutions make it easy to make the most of your coverage.
Looking for a massage therapist in Ancaster? Don’t wait until your massage coverage expires. There is still time to book your massage before the New Year. Call or visit today!
You've probably heard the term, but do you understand what osteoporosis is? According to Osteoporosis Canada:
Are you at risk of Osteoporosis?
Why should you see a Bone Fit™ Trained Physiotherapist?
If you have osteoporosis it is important to know that exercise is both safe and highly recommended. Bone Fit™ Trained health professionals have training in clinical assessment and fracture screening techniques to help monitor changes over time and determine a safe plan of action going forward with your diagnosis.
Bone Fit™ Trained physiotherapists use their knowledge and skill set to advise on appropriate adaptations to daily activities that may pose a risk of falls or fractures. Bone Fit™ Trained physiotherapists also provide a structured exercise program that is safe for someone with reduced bone density.
Consultation with a physiotherapist is recommended by Osteoporosis Canada’s “Too Fit to Fracture” exercise guidelines to provide direction on appropriate exercises and adaptations, proper alignment, safe transitions and positioning.
Having Bone Fit™ Trained support personnel and Pilates instructors allows for a greater continuity of your care through all facets of our clinic and studio.
A Word from Us!
Jen Alford, PT, FCAMPT, Clinic Owner
I am thrilled to receive my Bone Fit™ certification. Knowledge of osteoporosis management and prevention is crucial for improved care and health of our clients and ourselves. The effects of osteoporosis can be devastating on someone's well-being and self-esteem. I'm excited to incorporate Bone Fit™ training and knowledge into my Physiotherapy practice. Our goal is to empower people with knowledge so they are prepared to make informed decisions about their own health care.
Kerrie Corrigan, PT
I am looking forward to being able to make my educational material more specific and to provide thoughtful adaptation suggestions for daily activities to make day to day living safer. I have already begun to incorporate the osteo-protective exercise principles into my practice and am very pleased with how they benefit so many patient populations.
Kaitlin Chastney, PTA, STOTT Pilates® Instructor
I am most excited to implement the safe exercises with both the physiotherapy and Pilates clients I work with, while also providing the education surrounding the osteoporosis safe exercises and the daily exercise requirements according to the “Too Fit to Fracture” protocols.
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