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FAQ's WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A VISIT On your first visit:A confidential medical history form is required. This helps your therapist form your assessment and treatment plan.You should not be asked to expose yourself beyond the point at which you are comfortable, nor should you be asked to accept any treatment which has not been explained to you or which you do not choose to accept.You may need to undress for therapy, but massage therapists are required to drape you with a sheet so that they expose only that portion of your body on which they are working.It is quite possible to work on a patient who is dressed; while this will obviously restrict the type of therapy you receive, you have a right to be respected in your choice.You will never be made to feel uncomfortable.Massage therapy takes place in an atmosphere of safety and confidence. It is a partnership between you and your therapist.CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY  On your first visit to a Registered Massage Therapist, you will complete a medical case history form. This information, as well as any conversation between you and your therapist, will remain confidential.  Massage Therapists, as regulated health professionals, are covered by Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004. As a result, information that is collected about clients may be collected only with consent, may only be disclosed with consent or to your immediate health providers, must be secured and maintained.  EDUCATION:  Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) have:Completed competency-based education of two to three years at educational institutions recognized by the Government of Ontario;Studied anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical assessment, neurology, treatments, ethics and other subjects; and Completed a minimum of 2200 hours at an accredited educational institution;Successfully completed examinations from and have been "registered" by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (the College) in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act.Only members of the College are permitted to use the title, Massage Therapist or Registered Massage Therapist or the designation of RMT or MT.  Registered Massage Therapists are issued a registration number which is shown on their membership certificate and identification card.  Athletic Therapists, CAT ( C):  The CATA certification process is one of the most stringent in the Canadian health care system. To achieve the status of Certified Athletic Therapist, a candidate must first Meet the academic requirements of a CATA approved Athletic Therapy curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited post secondary institution.The CATA requires an internship of at least 1200 hours of practical experience under supervision of a Certified Athletic Therapist.A comprehensive written exam where a minimum grade of 70 percent is required to pass.A practical exam covering emergency care, supportive taping/bracing, modalities, injury assessment and rehabilitation.After successful completion of the exam, candidates receive the title Certified Athletic Therapist, designated by the letters CAT(C) and the privileges associated with this recognition.
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