Medical massage therapy is recognized as a health care provision under rehabilitation outpatient coverage under most major medical plans. Specific plan coverage’s vary according to the benefit package your plan and/or employer offer. Medical massage therapy definition is the ability to heal, restore and improve function which was other wise compromised due to illness,injury,disease or surgery. It must be a part of a treatment plan your primary care provider recommends as medically necessary to restore lost function.
Provisions are also given towards motor vehicle accident (PIP)and worker’s compensation-labor and industry (L&I), job injury recovery care claims. Like wise, verification and preauthorization must be met prior to starting care.
The variation of massage therapy are vast, according to the training and experience of the licensed massage therapist. State laws are in place for licensing and certification. Further education and experience on the massage therapists part, when looking for a therapist is always a good consumer judgment call when seeking out care. When injured you should seek out a massage therapist with skill, training and experience compatible with the injuries and sustained ailments that you have. For instance, you would not want to seek out a massage therapist who specializes in spa massage. Injury treatment is specialized and has specific protocol and training, whereas spa massage does not. Insurance companies WILL NOT recognize a “feel good” spa approach as a medical procedure. A consumer should also ask about how is the facility or practice run, what kind of specialized training do they have, what kinds of clinical and/or experience have they have in treating specific dysfunctions. Recommendations from your primary health care provider, local hospitals are a good resource to find an experienced therapist. There is also a number of organizations such as the American Massage Therapy Association that has a referral source of massage therapists available at http://www.amtamassage.org
For the best results, advocate self-education and consumer awareness. As well as have a proactive approach. Be a willing to participate in your healing and recovery will happen.
This information was supplied by Andrew Wolfe,LMP of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy a medical massage therapist with 23 years of local, full-time private practice; since 1987. He has advanced training and clinical hands on experience beyond the industry’s standing, training locally in the Pacific Northwest Washington and in Beijing China in a hospital in May of 1997-1999. He is a preferred medical provider and accepts Aetna,Regence,Uniform Medical and personal injury protection (PIP) auto accident recovery claims and workers compensation and self insured (L&I) work injury claims.
He is located in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center at 16410 Smokey Point Blvd Suite 303 in Arlington WA 98223. Located just off I-5 at exit 206. Facility has wheel chair access, free lighted parking and is on bus route, (which stops in front of building). First of 2 buildings.
You can reach him at 360-653-4657 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com
or http://www.accidentrecoverynw.com for more information about Andrew Wolfe, his background,training,experience and what he might be able to do to assist you in your recovery to health and wellness. “Compassionate care, tough on pain.” License # MA00003791
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