Insurance Billing – Did you know???
Most health insurance plans do not cover massage, which is unfortunate because there would be a lot more happy people in the world if they could get a regular massage!
Still, there are some ways you may be able to have your massage covered:
1. Check with your healthcare insurance provider to determine if they have negotiated a reduced rate with a local massage therapist.
2. Another means of getting massage is through your FSA (Flexible Spending Account). Some insurance carriers allow for massage without needing a doctor’s note. Some require it. Check with your FSA carrier to determine if you can pay with your FSA card for a regular massage
3. If you are involved in an auto accident, most auto carriers do pay for massage if it is deemed medically necessary by your doctor. If you work with a massage therapist that does medical billing, you will be able to receive massages and your auto insurance carrier will pay. As always, subject to your medical payments limit on your automobile policy.
4. While less common than automobile accidents, some worker’s compensation carriers will cover medically necessary massage. If you’ve been involved in a workplace accident, check with the carrier or your HR contact to determine if coverage would be provided.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I know that I’m supposed to post on a regular basis. Or at least that’s what all the social media gurus say a business has to do to get ahead. Somehow I always find myself falling behind when I spend time on the social media side of things. It’s not an easy thing behind the scenes getting to know the ins/outs of each social media outlet, their wording requirements, their pictures requirements (I have learned they are not universal, much to my dismay)! So I took a break. A much deserved break. I spent time in my still room (kitchen), working with my essential oils and creating some new products for sale. I am also having a contest, so check out my FB page in a couple of days (once I get the FB pixel to work correctly and connect it to my website!!! – ugh!). The contest is about how happy I am when I am creating new products. I truly find it a relaxing challenge to create new and interesting products. In July I introduced my new skincare line of 5 products, plus some other miscellaneous skin care items. Upcoming is a men’s line, to include manly lip balm, shaving soap and aftershave. Hope to have that out by the mid September. Fingers crossed on that one! I like choosing the essential oils, hydrosols, carrier oils, soaps and other ingredients to make a natural, good for you product. I even like creating the names. The creating the labels, marketing and advertising….not as much. But I’m learning a great deal of the back office stuff with all of this. An on going part of my journey as a solopreneur! So wish me luck and keep your eyes open for the contest! You just may win!
America is a nation whose people are living with acute, chronic or long-term pain. Depending on the study criteria the estimated numbers range from 50 million to 100 million people in pain.
As the over usage of prescription opioids has become endemic and more people are addicted to them, many studies are going on about alternative methods of treating pain.
Currently there are several governmental bodies funding research and studying a variety of methods to ease or eliminate pain. Included in the therapies are meditation, stretching, chiropractic and massage. The focus of the variety of studies is to avoid drug dependence or even usage.
One of the most common causes of pain in the American public is arthritis. Statistics indicate 25% of Americans have arthritis. Muscle imbalances, restricted movement and thickening of fascial tissue can cause damage to joints. Massage, specifically the bodywork known as Myofascial Release (MFR) can reverse a lot of the fascial tissue restrictions, releasing the joint and allowing the body to heal itself.
As a massage therapist specializing in MFR, I have many clients with a variety of joint pain, some caused by over usage of the joint and some caused by arthritis. A consistent plan of regular sessions to release the fascial system (connective tissue) can relieve and in some cases eliminate joint pain.
As more studies are done on a variety of alternative methods for pain reduction and elimination, more people will choose to go the drug free route when dealing with their pain.
So, if you have arthritis, or any other type of pain, feel free to contact me to discuss your situation and see if MFR is right for you.
May is Mental Health Month
What does that have to do with massage?
Glad you asked!
Numerous studies done over the past 10 years show that stress levels among U.S. adults are rising. We all know stress has negative impact on mental and physical health.
Here are some benefits of regular massage that studies have shown can help mental health:
- Increase neurotransmitters that are associated with lowering anxiety.
- Decrease hormones that can increase anxiety.
- Increase concentration even after only 15 minutes of massage.
- Aids in alleviating stress related insomnia
- Reduction in anxiety and depression providing benefits similar to those of psychotherapy.
- Massage can positively affect heart rate and blood pressure. While this seems to be more of a physical benefit, the changes in heart rate and blood pressure affect your mental well-being too! Win-win!
- Various studies show massage can:
- reduce depression in HIV patients
- help mitigate anxiety in patients with a variety of cancers
- lower work-related stress for medical professionals.
- PTSD symptoms have also been positively affected by regular massage.
So, commit to your mental health as well as your physical well-being and invest in a regular massage schedule. Talk to your massage therapist to determine what is best for you!
Thank you for almost 10 years of your support. In order to keep up with rising costs, you will notice an increase in fees. Thank you for making Alchemy Massage and Bodyworks the best pain reduction studio in the Lansdale area. We look forward to many more years of helping people reduce or eliminate their pain, increase their range of motion and get back to the lifestyle they are missing.