One of the other differences between U.S. and Canada is on the way alternative medicine is viewed and used. As an example, Chiropractors in U.S. are actually referred to as Doctors, are valid and well-respected components of acceptable treatment procedures for accident victims, injured workers, those who believe regular spinal adjustment helps in preventing a variety of illnesses and others. Most insurance policies include them in their coverage and even the odd "traditional" physician may recommend a visit to one. In Canada, Chiropractors are mostly viewed as just snake oil salesmen who crack your back.
By contrast a Canadian Massage Therapist (RMT) is a trained professional sought by anyone with soft tissue injuries or seeking stress-relief and about 1,000 other benefits of a pro's healing touch. Here, anything associated with the term "massage" is automatically associated with images of dark rooms in the back of a rundown storefront in the industrial area of town and scantly-clothed imported attendants. After all, it is just 14 days of classes to become a "Massage Technician" in California, something unheard of in the country just a bit further up north.Posted by Pedram at January 8, 2004 06:53 PM