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What To Expect At Your First Appointment With A RMT

Posted Nov 21 2009 10:21pm

The initial intake

After a pleasant greeting and your filling out the necessary Health History and Informed Consent forms, the Registered Massage Therapist will lead you into the treatment room and thoroughly look over the information you provided on the completed forms and review carefully with you. We will ask questions regarding your general health and lifestyle to get a better understanding of what type of treatment and techniques that would suit you best. A general physical assessment will be taken to assess posture and range of motion. We would also ask the client to participate in any necessary advanced tests that may give the therapist cues to understanding the clients pain to relieve the injury, pain, stress or discomfort you are feeling.

Prior to getting on the table, disinfect the table - area and the therapist will instruct you on how to position yourself on the table, your rights during the treatment and your verbal consent is required for each treatment. The therapist will then leave the room to wash their hands and will knock and ask for permission to re-enter the room - after you've placed yourself on the table as instructed and undressed to your comfortable level.

The initial intake shouldn't take more than 10 minutes at the beginning of your initial treatment time. Initial intakes are very important as they give the Therapist the tools to provide you with the best type of treatment customized to your specific needs. If it's your first massage, arrive 10 - 15 minutes earlier to complete the health history form and review the Informed Consent.

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