In this section we provide answers to the most commonly asked questions about advanced medical massage therapy. We hope you enjoy the information and share it with others. If you do not find what you are looking for, don't hesitate to get in touch.
First appointment: What you should bring with you
Ideally, you should come wearing athletic and comfortable clothing. If applicable, you should remember to get a prescription from your doctor for massage therapy treatments and bring
along any x-rays and/or medical reports you have. The more we know about your diagnosis, the better we can serve you.
Getting the Most from Appointments: what you can do to maximize results
Be sure to hydrate well--especially before and after treatments. Please read hydration article listed on our Boosters & Self-Care page.
Does your Health Insurance cover Payment of costs: Some health savings accounts cover medical massage even without a script from a physician. Some medical insurance policies cover
massage in limited circumstances. Contact your third party payer for details.
Out of Pocket Costs: May cost less with self-pay for advanced medical massage. Frequently, we can resolve pain issues more quickly than care providers who take insurance as we are able to treat clients with treatment protocols dictated by our assessment of your soft tissue rather than mandates set by third party payers. With co-pays and treatments that cost more than medical massage, it is often less expensive and fewer health risks to start with the medical massage. For example, Dr. Kaplan received physical therapy and surgery for plantar fasciitis without resolving pain. After two years of suffering, he discovered medical massage protocol resolved the pain in two weeks! He would have saved a lot of money to start with us.
How much do you charge: Client care is 100% customized. Different conditions have different protocols and participation in self-care can greatly reduce your costs. We provide a complimentary
15-minute consult. That will allow us to consider your personal requirements and allow you to understand your treatment plan and compensation.
Most conditions are resolved within four treatments. This helps you save times as well as money.
Why Most Medical Insurance Doesn't Cover Medical Massage: The massage industry in the USA does not have a national standardization process in place.
Therapy sessions: By Appointment Only Coordinated with your schedule
Appointments can be scheduled with the different therapists based on your individual needs. Please remember to allow flex-time to allow for updating the clinician and to receive self-care tips or reviews each session.
How does medical massage fit with physical therapy:
Which came first – the chicken or the egg? This is the never ending story of the relationship between Medical Massage and Physical Therapy. Put another way, what is the current protocol for treatment of patients with somatic pain?
A typical initial visit to a primary care physician ends up with pain medication and muscle relaxant prescriptions. The next step is PT. A minority of PTs have already realized that the correct application of manual therapy and Medical Massage techniques is a priceless tool of somatic rehabilitation. They apply time consuming therapies themselves or hire a correctly trained massage therapist. However, for the majority of PTs the treatment protocol is a combination of exercises, ice/hot application and various electric therapies. If conducted at all, massage is a very small part of the session.
In clinical reality, the egg is the application of Medical Massage that allows the practitioner to rehabilitate soft tissues. Medical exercises are chicken which must be used later to stabilize the clinical effect achieved by Medical Massage. During this time other modalities such as electric therapy and ice/hot application can be used as supportive therapy." (Dr. Ross Turchaninov, Introduction to Science of Massage article Medical Massage VS. Physical Therapy)