Massage therapy creates a space for your body to heal, reset and renew. As of December 22nd, massage therapy could operate and at Float Wellness and Massage Therapy we were relieved and pleased we were considered an essential service.
With the new government allowance came a new requirement to book an appointment, a doctor’s referral. We know that for some who receive massage therapy without a doctors note this was a big ask. The good news is that the Alberta Government has opened this referral to include Registered Health Professionals which makes it more attainable and can include those who have been involved in your health and wellness outside of your family doctor. We have listed 3 options to assist you in getting you the referral you need in these anxious and uncertain times.
- Medical Doctor
Make an appointment with your family doctor to request a prescription for massage therapy. Research has shown that massage can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, and increase blood circulation and lymph flow. It also relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increase endorphins, which can enhance medical treatments. Many physicians are currently doing over the phone appointments so, it may be easier than you think!
Babylon by TELUS health lets you see a doctor, mental health counsellor or dietitian from your phone, where and when it’s convenient for you. In these days when quarantine and self isolation are common and sometimes required this is an amazing option for you to consult a doctor and receive the referral you require to book your massage for when you are able. Typically, you can get a virtual appointment the same day or next day and you will get the massage referral right away by email which can be forwarded to us . CLICK HERE to access Babylon Health by TELUS
3. Registered Health Professional
We are thankful that a doctor is not the only one who can give a referral to meet your massage therapy needs. The current provincial restriction states that any regulated health professional can provide this referral. For example, your physiotherapist, chiropractor, psychologist or even dentist fall under the allowed referral professionals. A full list of allowed Registered Health Professionals are below:
- Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists
- Dental Assistants
- Dental Hygienists
- Dental Technologists
- Hearing Aid Practitioners
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists
- Medical Laboratory Technologists
- Occupational Therapists
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Physicians, Surgeons and Osteopaths
- Psychiatric Nurses
- Registered Nurses
- Respiratory Therapists
- Social Workers
- Speech-Language Pathologists
As always, we are so thankful for your support as we continue to operate with limited services at Float Wellness and Massage Therapy. Click the link below to book your massage today or give us a call at 780-570-2222 with any questions you might have in regard to your upcoming massage appointment.