Massage Therapy May Be Covered By Your Health Insurance

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Years ago massages were only offered in high end spas and health clubs. Today, there are a wide variety of places that offer massage therapy including businesses, private clinics, and hospitals. Many people don’t realize that their insurance plan may cover this form of alternative treatment. As such, people don’t always think of massage therapy as a viable, affordable option for relieving their chronic pain, headaches, and migraines.

Massage therapy provides symptom relief for many patients

Massage therapy is a widely accepted form of symptom relief for nonspecific low back pain. Hypertensive patients suffering from anxiety, depression, headache, vertigo, or chronic pain in the back, neck, or shoulders also find relief through massage. Massage therapy may also be beneficial for individuals with digestive disorders, myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, insomnia, sports injuries, soft tissue sprains or injuries, paresthesias and nerve pain, and temporomandibular joint pain.

Massage therapy and chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, are safe, effective, evidence-based treatment options for pregnant women suffering from mechanical low back and pelvic pain. There is specialized training and customized tables for massage therapy involving pregnant women.

Massage therapy may not be appropriate for some conditions

You should talk with your healthcare provider if you have deep vein thrombosis, bleeding disorders or other conditions that require blood thinners. Massage is not always appropriate for these conditions, as well as fractures, severe thrombocytopenia, osteoporosis, severe burns, and any type of open or healing wound. Discuss the pros and cons of this treatment with your physician to determine whether or not it is a viable option.

Health care providers can recommend local reputable massage therapists, physical therapists, or occupational therapists to perform these treatments. Most states require licensing, certification, or registration for massage therapy. Don’t be afraid to ask a therapist about his or her qualifications as well as experience and the anticipated duration for therapy.

Is your massage therapy covered? 

Most health care professionals consider massage to be a valid complementary and alternative treatment. Additionally, many providers offer this therapy alongside standard treatments for a wide range of medical conditions and circumstances, such as recovery following a car accident. You may be responsible for as little as a single co-pay for a massage and chiropractic adjustment. Keep in mind that coverage does vary and will not be the same for every health plan. Check with your insurance provider to find out what services are covered and how much you’ll have to pay out of pocket. Or, let us check for you at Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic!

Whether you’re suffering from chronic back or neck pain, or you’re in the middle of a personal injury case from a car wreck, Dr. Jeff Williams and his staff at Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic are here to provide conservative, non-surgical chiropractic treatment that is backed by research and results. We understand that no two patients are the same. As such, we tailor our treatment to individual patients, depending on their conditions and personal preferences. Our clinic is located at 3501 W. 45th Avenue, Suite T in Amarillo, TX. Give us a call at (806) 355-3000 to set up your free chiropractic consultation today.