January 08, 2004

Canada and USA

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

just one of many many differences, though!:)

Posted by: ainp at January 8, 2004 07:44 PM

And what of acupuncture?

Posted by: sister-scorpion at January 8, 2004 09:39 PM

Thank you from your fav, RMT in canada!
I imagine the european influence back in the 50's in Canada has alot to do with the importance of massage therapy today.
Edith Sanz who started the first accredited school in Canada was a nurse from Hungry.

Posted by: Parisa at January 9, 2004 06:30 AM

Chiropractors are MD wannabees. They dont have the smarts to attend the real med school. Instead, they resort to this line of work. They should not be called doctors.

Posted by: JUSTME at January 9, 2004 01:04 PM

I don't thin much of Chiropractors but it is true that the requirements for thier schooling has been improved dramatically in the past few years.

Posted by: A.H> at January 12, 2004 06:58 AM