- November 21, 2011 - 12:34
"BUT if a physiotherapist or chiropractor wanted to do some massage during the session, that would be fine,” Galway said. I'm shocked she would even think this. That's not what I would want, they are not trained to do massage...which is why people pay for their certifications to practise their specific occupation, and are registered...it can't be a free for all, otherwise, why train at all. "they didn’t accept massage therapy as a stand alone therapy"..what about combining it with Yoga or acupuncture. Chiropractic or physiotherapy don't always work, and when they don't people need to be able to use other modalities. Perhaps Ms. Galway or others making these decisions need to try massage or other alternatives more often, to determine how and when they work. A half-hour massage, that's something you do at the airport between flights. Therapists give more of their time than is recognized or appreciated, in assessing, discussing and working on the specific areas, and no I am not a massage therapist, but I use them and they work for me. Perhaps the focus with Workers Comp is to eliminate soft-tissue claims/coverage completely.
- Eric from Paradise
- November 21, 2011 - 09:22
Though a personal believer in massage therapy and its helpfulness.....I do agree that research highlighting the benefits of massage therapy be provided. As frustrating as WHSCC can often be (as I'm sure it is for massage therapists), asking for provided research on the benefits sounds like a prudent approach to effective healthcare and cost management. As for doing the research, has anybody spent a little time at the Health Sciences Library pursuing the research? Research likely already exists which could be drawn on. I'd suggest combing through a medical journal called Sports Medicine (as a start) which regularly publishes review articles......again it would be a start. I work in an MCP covered medical profession and was hoping to provide a point in the right direction for Mr. Pollard......... I've my own battles to fight:) Good luck!
- November 23, 2011 - 19:08
Eric from Paradise, the NLMTA has already presented published research to WHSCC. That's not exactly what they are looking for.
- Kerri Olds-Rhinds
- November 20, 2011 - 16:38
This is a very sad state of affairs. Working with WSIB in Ontario, has also had it's drawbacks, but what the WHSCC is actually promoting in Newfoundland and Labrador is diminished client care. By reducing coverage to therapists, they are in effect attempting to eliminate Massage Therapy altogether from the client's choice of health care. How can Massage Therapists work for such a minimal wage? The WHSCC needs to remember that RMT's are also trained in remedial exercise, which compliments their swedish massage techniques. Are the physiotherapists/chiropractore going to perform scar tissue removal in addition? In Ontario, Massage Therapy is also thought to be "passive care". Again disseminated from the lack of knowledge regarding our profession and abilities in the first place. We too are one of the only regulated professions paid substantially less then our health care colleagues. I would encourage all Newfoundland and Labradour therapists not to give up the fight! And I can assure you that if this change is implemented in Ontario, there too will be an uproar!
- Jocelyn W Cowie RMT
- November 20, 2011 - 14:49
WCB does not want to cover massage to reflect the amount of time we spend with our patient anyway. The fact is we are the ones who get claimants back to work; or that is my personal experience. My WCB patients are often left out ot dry, I would not be surprised if someone does not go postal ( not that I would approve but I feel thier anger with our current system) they are hurting and need care and are treated like cattle who have to conform to WCB processing protocols. They can not afford my fees ( $70 per hour in Grand Forks BC- HST included) . We need tools to evaluated treatment outcomes, I have spent my career developing a device to measure pain and pain treatment outcomes to identify that we, Massage Therapist , can give better results for greater overall coast savings. Evidence based practice will rule the day...not any to soon either! Jocelyn W Cowie RMT
- November 20, 2011 - 09:28
In Saskatchewan massage therapists are employed by the health districts as well as private Ora tide. My wife befitted and one of my employees from massage therapy after accidents. Full coverage was provided for the required treatments.
- November 19, 2011 - 09:38
WHSCC is useless, the whole system needs to be revamped. They are not there to service the injured workers. Coming from a therapy background I have seen first hand how little regard is given for the client. It is a very adversarial system in which the therapist must constantly advocate on the behalf of clients. I felt more like a lawyer some days than a therapist when speaking with WHSCC. They are so concerned in catching the 1 of 100 that may actually be fraudulent in their claim that they forget to properly service the other 99 legitimate ones. Get your priorities straight WHSCC and start helping the WORKERS! You are not the fraudulent claims commission, you are the workers commission. This is just another example of a shameful disregard for the well being of those your are employed to help. Just trying to weasel your way out of paying for a proven therapy. If we allow this to happen, what's the next thing you will try and take away?