Functional Massage Therapy strives to reduce the risk of transmitting the Covid virus through a number of different precautions and policies. Some are required by the college which governs Registered Massage Therapy in BC, and some measures are an extra layer of added protection for our local community.
During this stage of lockdown (updated November 2020), the most important policy at the clinic is: only treating local residents that live in the Campbell River and Comox Valley region, including the surrounding Gulf islands. Those that have travelled or socialized with anyone south of Bowser or to the Mainland and beyond will have to wait 2 weeks before seeking care from Functional Massage Therapy. North Island travel is acceptable while cases numbers remain low (10 or under). Illness remains a cause for rescheduling, including caring for someone ill (cold and flu like symptoms).
The latest update from the College of Massage Therapy of BC is for patients to complete the BC Covid Self Assessment Survey 2 days before their massage and day before phone calls are no longer required. Functional Massage Therapy has streamlined this with the bubbles, travel and health questionnaire; making it easier to complete without having to navigate to another webpage. To reduce the number of emails received for each massage, day before reminders will no longer be sent, instead each patient will receive only one email 2 days before their appointment.
Leslie Clisby takes her role in your health care seriously by keeping her social interactions to under a 6 pack outside of her home bubble and does not interact with anyone ill or experiencing a potential covid symptom. Leslie is committed to staying within our local health authority during this pandemic and not hosting anyone from outside of VIHA. She wears a mask while inside any facility (school, gym, venue, business, etc).
What are the new required normals of receiving massage at Functional Massage Therapy?
Patients need to monitor their health and complete the BC covid self assessment questionnaire 2 days before, as well as at the time of your massage. Patients suffering from any symptom listed in the covid self assessment questionnaire are asked to reschedule their appointments. A covid specific consent form needs to be signed once. Patients are required to wear a mask, (a disposable one will be provided or you can provide your own, ensuring it is clean and not worn before your appointment). Your RMT is required to keep the clinic doors locked and open them for patients entering and exiting the clinic to keep contact points to a minimum. Patients are asked to wash their hands upon entering the clinic and at the completion of their massage. Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk. The clinic is disinfected between each appointment, including table legs, chairs, taps, pens, counters etc. Receipts are emailed.
How has Functional Massage Therapy gone above and beyond the minimum requirements to best ensure as safe an environment as possible?
Other than the travel vow to stay on the island, Leslie Clisby is boycotting social gatherings until elders in care homes can safely hug their visitors again. Air purifiers are in place in the reception area and in the treatment room; there is only one person operating out of the clinic with enough linens to supply a whole week. A creative solution for those uncomfortable wearing a mask while face down involves using a pillow case as a “wind sock” draped through the face piece hole. Other suggestions or concerns are welcome!