In British Columbia, over 75 percent of medical physicians regularly refer their patients to a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) - and they make these referrals because massage therapy is both accessible and effective in the treatment of their patients' conditions. Today, RMTs use a blend of modern science and ancient philosophies, utilizing specific techniques and modalities.
Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in the demand for massage therapy in BC. This can be attributed to higher educational standards, research studies showing the efficacy of massage therapy, and an overall increase in public demand for non-surgical and drug-free treatment options.
RMTs work with illness, injury and disability in diverse and broad patient populations. They are primary health care professionals that focus on disorders of the muscoloskeletal and related systems.
Treatment and management of many health conditions by massage therapists is supported by research. Improving BC Health Care 
Below is a list of some conditions RMTs treat and assist with:
Systematic Lupus Erythematosus
Medial Plantar Nerve Entrapment
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Osteoarthritis of the Hand 
Golfers/tennis elbow (tendonopathy)
Illiotibial Band Impingement Syndrome
Patellar Tracking Dysfunction
Shin splints (compartment syndrome)
Anterior ligament tears
Massage therapy is also remarkably effective when used as part of a preventive care program. Some examples of general wellness care include pre or post-natal care (pregnancy), infant massage, stress management, sports training, injury prevention and performance enhancement.