Frequently Asked Questions
What is Medical Massage?
Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to a specific problem(s). The patient presents with a diagnosis and a thorough assessment by the medical massage therapist will determine the basis for treatment with specific outcomes being the goal of the massage session.
There are many massage schools and programs that teach medical massage as a technique. Though medical massage is any massage treatment used to treat specific medical conditions, there is no one technique that is medical massage. Medical massage is taking whatever style of massage the practitioner knows and applying that technique to specific conditions to bring about specific outcomes.
Who should get a Medical Massage?
The short answer: Everyone. But why?
Medical Massage is outcome based. In addition to stress relief and relaxation, a medical massage focuses on a medical need. It is often used to manage pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, relieve nerve compression, improve digestion, increase flexibility or treat other health care concerns. Many of these conditions are stress related. Even if you do not have any specific medical concerns, getting a regularly scheduled therapeutic massage can help prevent longer term issues from developing by reducing stress and tension in the body.
What should I expect from my first session?
At your first session, you and your therapist will go over your intake form and answer any questions either of you have. Your therapist will perform a thorough postural, movement and pain assessment and will discuss options for your session and follow up treatment. Communication and honest feedback are key to a successful session.
How should I prepare for my session?
Before coming to your first session, make sure to fill out the intake form as completely as possible. This is important information for your therapist to be able to personalize your session and provide the most effective treatment for you.
Before every session, take a shower, do not use any scented lotion or creams, and dress comfortably. If you have long hair, try to wear it up and out of the way.
Most importantly, be sure to drink plenty of water both before and after your session.
Can I use my Health Insurance to pay for my massage?
Lifetouch Medical Massage does not directly bill your insurance company.
We do accept FSA and HSA payments.
In some cases, you may be able to get reimbursed from your insurance company for the cost of your treatment.
We do work with local Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Counsellors. If you have a prescription for Medical Massage, we can help by providing receipts, SOAP Notes, and updates on your progress and treatment plan.
Check with you insurance provide to determine if they will cover any of your costs and what documentation is needed.
Have another question?
If you have additional questions please submit them here. Thank you for inquiring about Lifetouch Medical Massage.