What is a Medical Massage
Medical Massage is intended to relieve conditions that have been identified by you, your physician or other heath care professional. The massage therapist can use a variety of modalities or techniques, but will focus the Medical Massage session on the areas of the body related to the specific ailment. All massage is focused on the soft tissue body including muscle, fascia, vascular and nervous system.
Does Medical Massage require a prescription?
No.When choosing Medical Massage at Bodywork Professionals, you are letting us know that you have an area that is negatively impacting your life and would like us to use our soft tissue expertise to address it.
Why Medical Massage
Medical Massage in many ways overlaps other types of therapy we offer. In fact, they therapist will likely use familiar techniques to help improve soft tissue function and or reduce pain. Sympotms to seek medical massage include (AMTA)
- Relieve stress
- Relieve postoperative pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Manage low-back pain
- Help fibromyalgia pain
- Reduce muscle tension
- Enhance exercise performance
- Relieve tension headaches
- Sleep better
- Ease symptoms of depression
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Reduce pain of osteoarthritis
- Decrease stress in cancer patients
- Improve balance in older adults
- Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
- Promote relaxation
- Lower blood pressure
- Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Help chronic neck pain
- Lower joint replacement pain
- Increase range of motion
- Decrease migraine frequency
- Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
What is the difference between medical massage and massage therapy?
It is outcome-based. In addition to stress relief and relaxation, a medical massage focuses on a medical need. During a spa massage, the techniques likely focus on relaxation. A medical massage therapist will use a broader set of therapies for muscle health and recovery.
Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment.[sc_fs_faq html=”true” headline=”h2″ img=”” question=”Does insurance cover medical massage?” img_alt=”” css_class=””] There is no standard requirement for insurance companies to reimburse expenses for massage. Massage therapy may be covered when: The massage is considered medically necessary and/or fits the definition and criteria of coverage given by the health insurance company. [/sc_fs_faq][sc_fs_faq html=”true” headline=”h2″ img=”” question=”Can doctors prescribe massage therapy?” img_alt=”” css_class=””] Massage therapy can be prescribed by your doctor. If you are suffering from any of the following conditions, consult your physician to see if massage could be a treatment option: Stress-related insomnia. Headaches [/sc_fs_faq][sc_fs_faq html=”true” headline=”h2″ img=”” question=”Can you get a prescription for a massage?” img_alt=”” css_class=””] Most of the time when we think of a prescription we think of medication, but your doctor can also prescribe other things to help your condition, such as physical therapy or massage. A prescription will state what they are prescribing, how much, and how often. [/sc_fs_faq][sc_fs_faq html=”true” headline=”h2″ img=”” question=”What can medical massage therapy treat?” img_alt=”” css_class=””] Massage can reduce pain and anxiety for people with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, and reduce the physiological burden of stress. It can help treat conditions including stress-related tension, cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain and depression, just to name a few. [/sc_fs_faq]