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Be Careful when Swimming with Sharks by Andrew Wolfe

May 17, 2016

I have been retired since late summer last year and with 28 years behind me in private practice in medical massage it has been, at times, a difficult decision. One decision that was easy to make this transition, is working with the corporate world of insurance billing. One would think it would be the best interest of the individual, whose care determines an outcome of quality of life. But the illusion is shattered when the denials come rolling in, much less the high costs of premiums that come due month after month. I do have to say, I have had some rare cases, in which I have had very helpful representatives in the insurance field. One would assume they are like everyone else, just trying to do the best they can do and earn a living. But just “eking” by is not what living is. Comparatively, when one loses the precious community, such as health, one looks a little differently at life. It still doesn’t take the bite out of health care costs though. I realize too the small, albeit, costly fraud that can happen in insurance billing, which often times penalizes the “average Jo” based on “offset” higher premiums and reduced benefits.

When working as a sole proprietor several years ago, I received a correspondence from an insurance company, whom I was an individual subscriber to, notifying of a rate increase. As was noted in the letter, this was to help reimburse more fairly medical providers. “Great “I thought this includes me, as I was also a contracted provider with this specific insurance company. And just as I expected I received a letter from the same insurance company a week later. I opened it and was dumb founded; my contracted rate had been reduced! So much for corporate fairness. I was shock at the irony. I heard in conversation from other health care providers whom are contracted with insurance, that as in the case I was experiencing, they had to work harder, see more patients and get reimbursed less. Who were the ones receiving the price increase? In the 28 years of full time private practice I cannot say I have had reimbursements to offset any cost of living or cost of operating increase in regards to increase reimbursement. In fact the particular insurance company I mention prior reduced the reimbursement fee for service less than when I first contracted with them over 10 years prior. Some insurance companies had little to no cost increase to me as a practitioner, yet the individual mark up of policy holder was great as much as 200 percent or higher. Who are the ones after your interests? Just asking, because I don’t see it. A lot of folks I talk to describe insurance as “a necessary evil”. It is something you pay for in hopes you don’t need it but if you do the promise is you’ll be taken care of. I know others who complain about the premiums and want to use as much benefits as they can. Which to me is the wrong approach, but I understand the reasoning, especially for individuals to justify the cost. Still I have had others, most self-employed people I have spoken to, who say they rather take the penalty for no insurance than the cost of monthly premium that are out of reach to them. Others than have told me they will take their chances that they will stay healthy. Or better yet, I asked one self-employed individual what he did for health insurance; he informed me he did not have any. I asked what he would do if something major happen to him. He responded by say very directly without any hesitations or reservations, he would bankrupt. Medical and health costs are a major contributor to bankruptcy, not negligent debtors (although they account for some)! With that said there is something wrong with the system. I don’t subscribe to any particular solution, but simply see the brake down and failure of it. How can the corporate executive make healthcare decisions while overriding the patient’s needs, much less the attending doctor and/ or providers recommendations? When did corporate executive go to medical school or have any other medical training?  Just my 2 cents, for whatever its worth. Meanwhile, use your sunscreen and watch where you swim they just might be a shark or two lurking.

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Harmony Massage promotional video; Myo Movement Integration Therapy

September 22, 2014

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Andrew Wolfe,LMP owner of Harmony Licensed Massage therapy and founder of the massage technique “Myo movement integration therapy,” demonstrates his techniques and treatment protocol for injury and rehabilitation of auto, sports, work and personal injuries, with the use of myofascial release therapy, manual traction,
trigger point, joint mobilization, remedial massage therapy and stretching, which incorporates self empowerment tools and skills to allow the patient to become personally empowered.

Professional Medical Massage Therapist since 1987, Andrew Wolfe, LMP, MMS, Good Massage Therapist in Arlington, WA 98223

May 12, 2014

Professional Medical Massage Therapist since 1987, Andrew Wolfe, LMP, MMS, Good Massage Therapist in Arlington, WA 98223.

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Andrew Wolfe,LMP owner of Harmony Licensed Massage therapy and founder of the massage technique “Myo movement integration therapy,” demonstrates his techniques and treatment protocol for injury and rehabilitation of auto, sports, work and personal injuries, with the use of myofascial release therapy, manual traction,
trigger point, joint mobilization, remedial massage therapy and stretching, which incorporates self empowerment tools and skills to allow the patient to become personally empowered.

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April 27, 2011

>Andrew

I want to thank all of those listeners who supported me by tuning into the segment of “Health Matters”. It aired yesterday evening, April 25th at 6:45 PM, PST on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 AM. A special thank you for my hosts Maury Eskenazi and Shannon O Kelly.

To recap points that were made on the show; The difference between medical massage and spa or relaxation massage, is the intension of outcome , the use of specific protocol and a treatment plan with a focus on an injured area, verse a full body generalized approach.

Another point made was made, in defining what myofascial release therapy is. Myofascial release therapy is a deep tissue massage techniques used to correct and restore tissue and their surrounding structures. Other techniques used are deep tissue massage, manual traction which help with decompression of the spine and joint as well as surrounding tissues, remedial movement and somatic movement.

The description of the muscular system was explained in that, this system is not just composed of muscles but includes connective tissue, fascia, tendons and ligaments.

Also defining medical massage therapy as being broader in the areas of treatment and not limited in the areas of the back and neck or for just relieving sprain and strains. Conditions such as whiplash, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome and plantar faciiits can be treated. As long as there is fascia and other connective tissue, any area can be treated with medical massage therapy.

The question was presented about how do people come to me. I responded by stating that patients come to me by a referring doctor or specialist. When asked about how often do they come, my response was based on what is prescribed in a treatment plan, such as once or twice a week for 6 weeks or as indicated as medically needed.

An inquiry was also made about what kinds of specific conditions that I work with that are effective with myofascial release. I explained that fibromyalgia is one condition I treat in addressing the fascia, which is the layer within the muscular system that binds and holds everything together. This is a common disorder of the fascia. When in the case of working with a patient with fibromyagia their fascia is thick similar to glue. Myofascial release helps to remove this thickness in the fascia by given it length.

Other conditions I treat were also addressed. Car accident, L&I injuries, sports injuries and post operative pain following surgery are some of the types of generalized health concerns an individual would have in seeking out my services.

This is a brief outline of the interview. Thank you again for your support. It is my intension to educated the benefits of massage therapy in the health care community as a natural and effective technique for rehabilitation.

Copyright Andrew Wolfe, LMP 4/25/2011

>Local massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe to speak on Health Matters April 25th,2011

April 13, 2011

> Local massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe to speak on Health Matters April 25th,2011 Local massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe to speak on Health Matters April 25th,2011 Andrew Wolfe, LMP is the owner and massage therapist of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy located in Arlington’s health care district at Smokey Point, Washington. He has a private practice in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center serving patients in the north Snohomish County region since 1987. In his profession as a licensed massage practitioner, he has focused on the rehabilitation and injury aspect of massage therapy. In the past he has been a keynote speaker, presenting in Everett Washington at the Snohomish County Medical Assistance Association on medical massage in May of 2009. He is scheduled to be a keynote speaker on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 am on April 25 Health Matters starting at 6:45 PM, PST. It will be a show for questions and answers. There will also be the availability for listeners to call in. The subject of health will be discussed in the topic of medical massage therapy. Andrew Wolfe,LMP brings 24 years of advanced clinical experience and training to the show, with insight and knowledge surpassing others in his field. He has worked with a variety of conditions in his private practice ranging from sports and personal injuries such as whiplash,fibromyalgia,thoracic outlet symdrome,carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis and other orthopedic conditions. Massage therapy as a natural, drug free, non surgical choice to be used in conjunction or as a primary focus in the rehabilitation and recovery from orthopedic, muscular and skeletal dysfunctions and complaints a patient may be experiencing. People don’t realize the treatment options that massage therapy have available to them. Massage therapy is not just confined to the back and neck. Depending on medical need, most areas of the body can be treated not just the neck and the back. Where the body has mobility in the joints there are ligaments, tendons and muscles that make movement possible. With this understanding massage therapy is not simply left for the treatment of sore muscles but has such a greater circumference of treatment options open for care under massage therapy. Proper diagnosis is important in the effective treatment to help issue a optimal response. Talk to your provider about what your options are. Drug use is not the only avenue to take when it comes to pain management. Surgery is an option but should only be exercised as an option when all other recourses have been exhausted. Most patients have sought out referrals issued by their primary or specialty provider. Some patients come on their own, tired of the drug route and not wanting surgery. About author:Professional massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe,LMP has OVER 24 Years ,local,Full Time Private Practice; Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy specializing in medical massage therapy. Established in 1987. Andrew Wolfe considers himself, in addition to being a massage therapist, an educator of health and wellness. He has a masters in metaphysics and is certified as a life coach. His inspiration is to empower individuals one at a time through personal choice and creating healthy options for one’s health and well being.  Practice is located in Arlington Washington. For more information about this or other topics please visit http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com or http://www.accidentrecoverynw.com copy written by Andrew Wolfe,LMP Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/press-releases-articles/local-massage-therapistandrew-wolfe-to-speak-on-health-matters-april-25th2011-4587837.html#ixzz1JRx7EXqJ Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

>Andrew Wolfe – "Health Matters" radio talk show

April 12, 2011

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Andrew Wolfe, LMP is the owner and massage therapist of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy located in Arlington’s health care district at Smokey Point, Washington. He has a private practice in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center serving patients in the north Snohomish County region since 1987. In his profession as a licensed massage practitioner, he has focused on the rehabilitation and injury aspect of massage therapy. In the past he has been a keynote speaker, presenting in Everett Washington at the Snohomish County Medical Assistance Association on medical massage in May of 2009.

He is scheduled to be a keynote speaker on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 am on April 25 ”Health Matters,” starting at 6:45 PM, PST. It will be a show for questions and answers. There will also be the availability for listeners to call in. The subject of health will be discussed in the topic of medical massage therapy.
Andrew Wolfe,LMP brings 24 years of advanced clinical experience and training to the show, with insight and knowledge surpassing others in his field. He has worked with a variety of conditions in his private practice ranging from sports and personal injuries such as whiplash,fibromyalgia,thoracic outlet symdrome,carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis and other orthopedic conditions. His clarity of massage therapy as a medical modality helps uncover any myth by offer massage therapy as a natural, drug free, non surgical choice to be used in conjunction or as a primary focus in the rehabilitation and recovery from orthopedic, muscular and skeletal dysfunctions and complaints a patient may be experiencing. People don’t realize the treatment options that massage therapy has available to them. Massage therapy is not just the confinement of the idea of working just on the back and neck. Depending on medical need, most areas of the body can be treated not just the neck and the back. Where the body has mobility in the joints there are ligaments, tendons and muscles that make movement possible. With this understanding massage therapy is not simply left for the treatment of sore muscles but has such a greater circumference of treatment options open for care under massage therapy.
Proper diagnosis is important in the effective treatment to help issue a optimal response. Talk to your provider about what your options are. Drug use is not the only avenue to take when it comes to pain management. Surgery is an option but should only be exercised as an option when all other recourses have been exhausted.
Most patients have sought out referrals issued by their primary or specialty provider. Some patients come on their own, tired of the drug route and not wanting surgery.

Andrew Wolfe considers himself, in addition to being a massage therapist, an educator of health and wellness. He has a masters in metaphysics and is certified as a life coach. His inspiration is to empower individuals one at a time through personal choice and creating healthy options for one’s health and well being.
 
For more information on this health care professional please visit Andrew Wolfe’s web site at http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com or call 360-653-4657.

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Andrew Wolfe – "Health Matters" radio talk show

Key note speaker on KRKO “Health Matters” April 25th at 6:45PM, PST

April 12, 2011
 
Andrew Wolfe, LMP is the owner and massage therapist of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy located in Arlington’s health care district at Smokey Point, Washington. He has a private practice in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center serving patients in the north Snohomish County region since 1987. In his profession as a licensed massage practitioner, he has focused on the rehabilitation and injury aspect of massage therapy. In the past he has been a keynote speaker, presenting in Everett Washington at the Snohomish County Medical Assistance Association on medical massage in May of 2009.

He is scheduled to be a keynote speaker on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 am on April 25 ”Health Matters,” starting at 6:45 PM, PST. It will be a show for questions and answers. There will also be the availability for listeners to call in. The subject of health will be discussed in the topic of medical massage therapy.

Andrew Wolfe,LMP brings 24 years of advanced clinical experience and training to the show, with insight and knowledge surpassing others in his field. He has worked with a variety of conditions in his private practice ranging from sports and personal injuries such as whiplash,fibromyalgia,thoracic outlet symdrome,carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis and other orthopedic conditions. His clarity of massage therapy as a medical modality helps uncover any myth by offer massage therapy as a natural, drug free, non surgical choice to be used in conjunction or as a primary focus in the rehabilitation and recovery from orthopedic, muscular and skeletal dysfunctions and complaints a patient may be experiencing. People don’t realize the treatment options that massage therapy has available to them. Massage therapy is not just the confinement of the idea of working just on the back and neck. Depending on medical need, most areas of the body can be treated not just the neck and the back. Where the body has mobility in the joints there are ligaments, tendons and muscles that make movement possible. With this understanding massage therapy is not simply left for the treatment of sore muscles but has such a greater circumference of treatment options open for care under massage therapy.

Proper diagnosis is important in the effective treatment to help issue a optimal response. Talk to your provider about what your options are. Drug use is not the only avenue to take when it comes to pain management. Surgery is an option but should only be exercised as an option when all other recourses have been exhausted.

Most patients have sought out referrals issued by their primary or specialty provider. Some patients come on their own, tired of the drug route and not wanting surgery.

Andrew Wolfe considers himself, in addition to being a massage therapist, an educator of health and wellness. He has a masters in metaphysics and is certified as a life coach. His inspiration is to empower individuals one at a time through personal choice and creating healthy options for one’s health and well being.

 
 

 

For more information on this health care professional please visit Andrew Wolfe’s web site at http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com or call 360-653-4657.

Copy written by Andrew Wolfe,LMP