A Patient-Centered Journey with a Pain-Science Oriented RMT

A Patient-Centered Journey with a Pain-Science Oriented RMT

What is Pain-Science Oriented Massage Therapy?

Pain is a complex, individual experience that touches the lives of many.

Pain is more than just a physical sensation; it’s a unique experience influenced by various factors. A pain-science educated registered massage therapist (RMT) takes a patient-centered approach, delving into the science of pain and the intricate brain processes and psychological processes involved. This scientific foundation equips them to offer a comprehensive approach that respects the individual needs and goals of their patients.

Traditional massage therapy has often adhered to the notion of “no pain, no gain.” However, a patient-centered, pain-science oriented RMT approaches this differently. They prioritize creating a safe and comfortable environment that encourages open communication with their patients. This shift acknowledges that enduring pain during treatment doesn’t necessarily equate to therapeutic progress and respects each patient’s unique pain thresholds and works within these to find a therapeutic solution.

Pain-Science Process

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to managing pain, and patient-centered care recognizes this fact. A pain-science oriented RMT conducts thorough patient assessments, considering not only physical symptoms but also emotional and lifestyle factors. This personalized approach allows them to collaboratively develop treatment plans tailored to the patient’s specific needs, addressing the person and aligning with the patient’s goals.

Education is a cornerstone of patient-centered care. Pain-science oriented RMTs empower their patients with knowledge about their condition, the science of pain, and effective self-care strategies. This educational component not only enhances the patient’s ability to manage their pain but also fosters a sense of control and active participation in their well-being.

Pain is a multidimensional experience that often necessitates a team-based approach. A patient-centered, pain-science oriented RMT values collaboration and maintains open lines of communication with other professionals such as Registered Clinical Counsellors and Primary Caregivers. This collaborative approach ensures that patients receive comprehensive, patient-centered care that addresses all aspects of their pain.

In a world where pain is a pervasive concern, a patient-centered, pain-science oriented Registered Massage Therapist offers a valuable resource. By embracing the intricacies of pain, crafting customized treatment plans aligned with patient goals, and empowering patients with knowledge, these therapists are reshaping the landscape of pain management through a patient-centered lens.

Your Journey Toward Managing Pain: Next Steps

If you seek a holistic, patient-centered, knowledge-driven approach to pain relief, consider exploring the realm of a patient-centered, pain-science oriented RMT. Your journey toward understanding and managing pain begins with a deeper exploration of its fascinating intricacies within a patient-centered care framework.

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Persistent Pain That Doesn’t Go Away – Just Slouch More

Persistent Pain That Doesn’t Go Away – Just Slouch More


Persistent pain that doesn’t go away is a pain in the ____________. Here’s an idea from a Registered Massage Therapist: you have permission to relax and enjoy sitting, standing and moving in any way you feel comfortable and happy.

Pains in the neck, low back and shoulders are a common complaint for massage therapists and all too often our clients come in worried and tell us they have poor posture and that this must be the reason for their pain. These people are often hyper-vigilant and compliant patients – the kinds of people who do all the necessary work to help alleviate their symptoms but unfortunately these symptoms often don’t go away despite the many gadgets, tricks, and ergonomic changes to their desks at work.


Why Do These Pains Persist?


Unfortunately, pain is a complex concept. Pain cannot be reduced to such ideas as head-forward posture or weak “core” muscles or “bad” habits at work. The way we perceive and feel pain is entirely dependent on a multitude of factors including biological predispositions and sensitivities, stress levels at work and at home, and your own past experiences. We call this model of pain a Biopsychosocial Model, and it is currently the most scientifically supported model for pain. The biopsychosocial model plays an incredible role in pain – we have now learned that stress is the single most important factor in determining how much pain a person is in, regardless of past injury history, health history and posture. When stress is high, pain centres in your brain (cerebral cortex and limbic systems) become more sensitive to signals coming from your body. When stress is reduced, and you feel calm and relaxed, pain centres in the brain are less sensitive.

Stop Working On Your Posture


Hold on a minute – did a Registered Massage Therapist just say I don’t need to work on my posture?


A recent article published in Psychology Today by a leading pain expert states that “Pain is commonly triggered, and amplified, by negative emotions like stress, anxiety, anger and depression.” The reality that your pain can be amplified by emotions and that your emotions can amplify your physical pains means that living through a pandemic has likely increased your physical discomfort and sensations of pain. Adding to this more stress about posture and you can see where this is leading.

Stress is a significant reason for persistent pain that doesn’t go away. If stress is a better indicator of how badly people hurt than your posture is, one might see how it could be counterproductive to tell you to add yet another thing to your plate – particularly given the global pandemic. So instead, I offer you this – if you’re feeling discomfort or pain in your back, neck and shoulders and you’ve got some stress in your life, give yourself permission to move freely and to sit in any position you feel comfortable in. You are not going to cause yourself injury. You are resilient and your body was designed to move you.

Yes, you have permission for even the slouchiest, baddest posture you’ve ever had.

There’s never anything wrong with working on core strengthening or posture improvements, but don’t be discouraged if they do not instantly solve your persistent pains (but if they help, keep on keeping on!). Please don’t feel pressured to add yet another thing to your already too-full cup if you’re feeling overwhelmed and uncomfortable.

This registered massage therapist gives you permission to just slouch more.

Need help with your persistent pain or just reducing your stress that is leading to the persistent pain that does not go away? We’re here for you. Give us a shout, we’d love to work with you on how to best help your body to relax, reduce stress, and deal with your discomfort!