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COVID-19 Protocol

Plan for Clinical Practice in Respect of Covid-19

This plan was developed with the goal of reducing the risk of exposure to the virus that causes Covid-19 for both patients and practitioner.


The overall aim of these protocols is to reduce potential coronavirus transmission by:


  • Reducing all physical, non-treatment related interactions amongst all people within the practice environment

  • Stay home if feeling sick, and call 8-1-1 if having symptoms of COVID-19

  • Hand hygiene requirements

  • Avoiding face touching

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols

  • Meeting professional obligations, particularly related to informed consent and liability insurance

  • Self-Assessment for Symptoms of Covid-19: For Patients & Therapists

  • The patient will be required to sign a consent and liability waiver with respect to Covid-19

  • As a part of the consent form, patients must commit to understanding that while we’ve taken all possible measures to minimise risk of viral transmission, the nature of Craniosacral Therapy means that physical distancing is not possible in the treatment room.


Physical Distancing 

  • Social distancing is still recommended in common areas as well as in the treatment room, except during treatment.


Within the Treatment Room

  • It is not possible to maintain physical distancing while in the treatment room.

  • Patients will be asked to remove from the clinic everything that they bring with them.

Hand Hygiene in Reception Area / Entry into Clinic Space

Immediately upon entering the clinic space the patient must either:

  • Go directly to the hand washing sink without touching anything inside the clinic and wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and then dry thoroughly, or …

  • Use the hand sanitizer dispenser that is fixed to the wall just inside the clinic door, as well as inside the treatment room.

  • The therapist will wash hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds between patients, before and after disinfecting spaces, before donning gloves and after taking gloves off, and before donning or removing other PPE like face masks or shields.

  • Hand washing protocols will be posted visibly in the reception area and at sinks.

  • Payment occurs in treatment room. Cash will not be accepted at this time. E-transfer payments are required instead, and will be sent to, and receipts will be emailed, not printed.

Enhanced Cleaning

  • Additional time has been scheduled between patients to allow for thorough sanitizing of the treatment room.

  • Surfaces will be cleaned followed by disinfection with a Canada Health Approved for use against Covid-19 disinfectant as listed here:

  • All high touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between patients. High touch surfaces include (but are not limited to): Light switches, door knobs, electronic devices, table surfaces, chairs, stools, window coverings, faucets, treatment table, table levers etc.

  • All linens, including blankets and pillow cases are single use only and will be laundered using high heat, detergent and bleach between each use.

Professional Obligations Liability Insurance

  • The therapist carries professional liability insurance through Preventative Health Services Group Program

  • The therapist is following all the health and safety guidelines outlined by the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Provincial Health Officer. The therapist is taking all reasonable precautions to clean and disinfect the clinic and all the surfaces within the treatment room.

  • No guarantees have been made by the therapist, that the patient may not come in contact with COVID-19 at or during an appointment.

Informed Consent

In the current environment of Covid-19 risk, informed consent requires that the patient be informed and understands that:

  • Any Craniosacral Therapy treatment involves some risk of Covid-19 transmission

  • The therapist is following protocol to help reduce or mitigate risk where possible, but that risk cannot be reduced to zero

  • The patient consents to the treatment despite some risk

  • And the RMT will document the patient’s consent in advance

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