Medical Massage

What is Medical Massage?

Medical Massage is result oriented and the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Physician. The therapist may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment, but will focus the Medical Massage treatment only on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription.

Medical Massage is generally billed in 15-minute segments, 1 unit, using current procedural terminology (97124 or 97140) and adhering to the usual and customary reimbursement fee schedule.

We incorporate several approaches in our massage treatments including, but not limited to

  • Deep tissue
  • Myofascial Release
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Rehabilitative Stretching Procedures
  • Literature on Massage

    The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.

    "For patients who do not improve with self-care options, clinicians should consider the addition of nonpharmacologic therapy with proven benefits-for acute low back pain, spinal manipulation; for chronic or subacute low back pain, intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation, exercise therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal manipulation, yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or progressive relaxation"Ann Intern Med. 2007 Oct 2;147(7):478-91.

    In studies in which the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine were tested in urine, an average increase of 28% was noted for serotonin and an average increase of 31% was noted for dopamine. These studies combined suggest the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) and the activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences.Int J Neurosci. 2005 Oct;115(10):1397-413.

    A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006 showed that full-body Swedish massage greatly improved symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Patients who had massages twice weekly for four weeks and once a week for an additional four weeks had less pain and stiffness and better range of motion than those who didn't get massages. They were also able to walk a 50-foot path more quickly.Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(22):2533-2538. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.22.2533.

    Risk of Massage

    Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:

    • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
    • Burns, open or healing wounds
    • Deep vein thrombosis
    • Fractures
    • Severe osteoporosis
    • Severe thrombocytopenia

    Take home

    Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help treat conditions that are not responding to traditional protocols.

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