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Massage and Health Insurance

Updated on June 21, 2017

With so many people looking to alternative treatments for pain, the health care industry is paying attention. The best solution is call your human resources person to see what exactly is required for your massage to be covered and what the stipulations are.

In some states, it is required for your health insurance to cover massage therapy as a complementary or alternative treatment. It's good to have options.

Your doctor can write a prescription for massage. He or she will have to write very specific details about what the massage should include like how long the session should last, what type of modality, and any other details that help the therapist help the client without further injuring the client. The only problem I've had with this is finding a doctor that will actually admit massage can and does help. If you've had better experience, please add it to the comments.

If you've been in a car accident, your car insurance may cover massage. Most times you have to be under the supervision of a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist. But, it's definitely worth looking in to. A lot of my clients are actually referrals from chiropractors working on them after an accident.

There is typically a list of modalities of massage that are accepted. Swedish or relaxation, deep tissue, possibly even reflexology and Thai massage are typically on the approved list. Reiki, aromatherapy, or energy work are usually not on the list. But, as I said in the beginning, you should ask. Everyone's different and it can't hurt to know, right?

If massage is covered it should be in the alternative medicine list. If your insurance reads like streo instructions, then call someone or look up your benefits online. The best thing is to know there are options, and you're entitled to know the full extent of them.

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  • doodlebugs profile image

    doodlebugs 6 years ago from Southwest

    My wife has used her insurance benefit for massage therapy. It probably benefits the insurance company in a long range since stress does such harm to the body.

  • L.L. Woodard profile image

    L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

    I think massage is therapeutic for many conditions and symptoms. I used to go weekly to help ease physical and mental stress.