The Effectiveness Of Medical Massages
Read Time: 3 minutesWhen thinking about massages, a picture of calming music, aromas, and soft ambiance comes to mind. While spa massages focus on the general relaxation of the body, a medical massage is a targeted approach. A medical massage therapist’s goal is to relieve or resolve a specific chronic pain or problem. The application of medical massage could be for accident victims or work injuries like back pain and carpal tunnel. When done correctly, patients experience improved relief and faster recovery from injury.
The growing occurrence of prescribed alternative medicine
Besides medical massage, physical treatments like chiropractic care are being considered by doctors. Procedures are often referred to as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). A prescription for massage therapy or chiropractic care is becoming more practical. The treatment can form part of the total recovery process outlined by your doctor.
Massage therapy and chiropractic care are your one-two punch
Massage therapy and chiropractic care differ in the parts of the body targeted and the results achieved. Massage therapy focuses on muscle, soft tissue and improving blood circulation. Chiropractic care focuses on the realignment of the skeletal system, hard tissue, and the nervous system. In essence, medical massage therapy can set the scene for chiropractic care. The treatments prescribed together form a sweet one-two punch for getting the body back to optimal health.
The battle between prescription massage and health insurance
All health insurance companies must cover rehabilitative services. Do medical massage therapy fall under the category? Most insurance companies cover medical massage if prescribed as medically necessary for recovery. However, insurance coverage is often non-existent when used as preventative care. Despite the proven effectiveness of medical massage, overall widespread acceptance is slow.
Start the conversation with your doctor today
A July 2018 study of over 1000 patients on massage therapy revealed interesting results. Only 11% surveyed were actually referred to a massage therapist by a doctor. There is still a lot of room for open discussion about medical massage. Talk to your doctor and insurance provider about the correct procedures for medical massages. There is no doubt you can improve recovery, mobility, and overall health.