Questions about Medical Massage

We have listed the most common questions and answers to help answer any questions that you might have. If you can't find the answer to your question(s) in this section you can email us your question by Please call us.

Q. How does medical massage work?

A. The techniques used in medical massage help to palpate and detect abnormalities in the skin, fascia, and muscles. It focuses on the elimination of tension in fascia and muscles. The elimination of these abnormalities leads to reduction of pain and release on nerve impingements.

Q. What should I expect?

A. You will have an interview with your therapist so that she can personalize a session for you. Heat will be applied (if needed) to your area of concern to help relax and release your muscle tension. When you have your session you will experience a massage treatment that is slow and concentrated on your area of concern however.

Q. What should I wear?

A. You will be asked to undress to your level of comfort and to lie underneath a sheet or wear a gown. Only the area that is being massaged will be exposed. Once that area is done it will be covered with the sheet and the next area will be exposed and treated.

Q: Will my health insurance cover Medical Massage?

A: As long as you truly have a medical condition where you have discomfort or pain, there are many different ways to get some type of insurance coverage for your medical massage treatments. Our office has had many years of experience billing insurance for massage therapy treatments and knows the "in and outs" of getting your insurance to cover the majority of your massage treatment costs.

Q: Will medical massage really help me with my condition?

A: Our therapists have over a 90% success rate with most cases that involve the muscle-skeletal system. We are able to help our clients / patients where they have tried many other types of health care modalities that were not able to offer them any relief. Our approach is unique and different even when you compare it to other massage techniques, chiropractic, physical therapy or pharmacologically based treatment. Aren't you tired of not finding a solution to your pain? Aren't you tired of consistently having to medicate yourself to receive any relief?

Q: Does it really cost $20 to be treated at Advanced Muscle Care?

A: Depending on your insurance plan it is our experience that our clients / patients will usually have to pay any where from $10 - $30 co-payment once they have met their deductible. Compare this to the average charge of $55 - $120 for similar type of massage treatment if you were to pay straight out of pocket.

Q: How long does a Medical Massage session last?

A: Our Medical Massage therapy treatments tend to last about 1/2 hour to an hour.

Q: Why hasn't my doctor ever recommended that I receive Medical Massage Therapy?

A: Well, to be quite honest we're not sure. We do know that more and more medical doctors are prescribing and recommending massage therapy for a variety of health conditions. In a survey of 751 physicians when asked about their experience with complementary and alternative medicine*, massage proved the most used and recommended therapy. 70% of the surveyed physicians either reported personal use of massage therapy or stated that they would be likely to recommend massage therapy to their patients.*

*Winslow LC, Shapiro H. Physicians want education about complementary and alternative medicine to enhance communication with their patients. Archives of Internal Medicine 2002:162, pp1176-81.

Q: I have been denied coverage by the insurance will cover medical massage at your clinic? health insurance before, should I still contact you to see if my health

A: YES! It may not matter if you have been denied health insurance coverage for massage in the past. We have many different options that may still allow you to get the massage treatment you need covered by some form of insurance. You don't know if you don't try. The first step is to fill out our Medical Massage verification of benefits form. Let us work for you and allow us to use our expertise to gain authorization for your massage treatments.

Q: Do I need a doctor's referral to have my Medical Massage treatments covered by my health insurance?

A: In order for Massage Therapists to state that they are treating someone, they must first be able to legally determine what it is that they are actually treating. Since it is beyond Massage Therapists' scope of practice to diagnose, they must work from a doctor’s prescription if they are claiming to treat a specific condition. Non-prescribed therapy may also be administered to address clients, where assessment shows soft-tissue imbalances.

Q: What is the difference between Medical Massage and Relaxation Massage?

Relaxation massage is usually performed by massage therapists working in a SPA-type setting and is described as a general, feel-good massage. These massage therapists while well trained in relaxation-based massage, generally lack both the knowledge and experience to treat specific musculoskeletal disorders.

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