What is a Medical Massage?
The term Medical Massage was formed out of the public’s need for highly skilled, hands-on therapists and physicians who treat those with acute or chronic muscle pain. A Medical Massage is performed to achieve results and the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and/or prescribed by a physician. The Physician may use a variety of modalities and procedures during the treatment, but will focus the Medical Massage treatment on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription. A Medical Massage is billed as a 15-minute segment using current procedural terminology and adheres to HIPPA patient privacy acts. It has been clinically proven to be effective in the recovery from soft tissue injuries and other diagnoses involving muscle tissue.
Can a Medical Massage help me?
At The Muscle Spa we commonly assist individuals suffering from acute(new) sprains and strains to the muscles or ligaments in the back, neck, arms and legs. We also assist those with chronic or recurrent pain lasting more than 6 months. By rehabilitating the muscle through a series of manual traction, assisted stretching, and hands on manipulative therapies we can restore the muscle to its proper function for optimal mobility and use. Depending on the diagnosis the physician may recommend a series of treatments to alleviate the ailment.
Will Insurance Pay for a Medical Massage?
- Yes, a Medical Massage is covered by most health & auto insurance plans and your deductible or co-pay may apply.
- Please bring your insurance card with you to your first visit if you would like us to verify your benefits for you.
- Insurance is not required, You will not be charged more than the advertised rate regardless of insurance coverage.
- We accept HSA/FSA spending accounts for all services performed at our location.
Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy
- Reduces painful hypersensitive muscles. Tight, swollen muscles can bind and cause Ischemia(a lack of blood supply to the muscle) This is a common cause for muscles that have become over sensitive to the touch .
- Helps relieve nerve compression (swollen muscles, tendons or bone that place pressure on a nerve) Common symptoms include muscle spasms, numbness/tingling, and shooting or moving pain. Conditions such as sciatica and pain when turning the head are frequently encountered.
- Deactivates Trigger Points Trigger Points are areas of densely packed muscle fibers with high neurological activity Commonly located around the lower neck and shoulder blades they can refer pain to other parts of the body. Research shows trigger points may be responsible for as much as 75% of everyday nagging pain.
- Decreases Pain And Inflammation. Massage can reduce swollen muscles, improving their overall function. .“On the cellular level massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle.”
- Improves Circulation . Proper circulation is vital to continued health. Your blood and lymph carry nourishment to the trillions of cells throughout your body and carry away the waste from the cells. Massage encourages a better exchange of nutrients at the cellular level and promotes detoxification.“Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise.”
- Increases Flexibility And Range Of Motion. By reducing tightened and contracted musculature the muscle is lengthened therefore allowing normal ranges of motion to be restored. This also reduces the pressure being applied to the joints and lowers the potential for joint and disk degeneration. “Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improve function.”