Massage Therapy is considered in the professions under the category of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. As a member of this division of health care, Massage Therapists play a large role in providing health care through massage in many modalities.
More and more Health Insurance companies are covering Massage Therapy services for their members. Medical Massage Therapy services are provided by some Massage Therapists, working with physicians, employers and insurance companies as part of the treatment plan for the patient. The patient is under medical care and massage therapy is prescribed by the healthcare professional. These visits are primarily to resolve a specific health problem through multiple visits, as prescribed.
Massage Therapy can treat a problem, or be part of an ongoing wellness plan. A lot of people have considered Massage as a luxury, something to treat themselves with. As our lifestyles have changed, the need for massage today has increased. It is no longer just a luxury, but a beneficial part of an ongoing wellness plan. Poor posture, repetitive tasks, stress, poorly designed work stations, weight gain, lack of exercise, poor core muscles – all contribute to musculature problems. And, over time, these problems increase, resulting in back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, migraines, and more.
One national goal of healthcare is to treat and prevent pain in our patient population. Massage can reduce or relieve pain for many people. This often takes ongoing visits to 1) relieve immediate pain, 2) prevent pain from recurring in the future. Massage therapy can reduce the use of prescription and over the counter pain medications, reducing these added chemicals in the body, which over time can cause health problems.
Eradicating the effects of stress is a huge benefit to ALL people. Our lives are stressful on so many levels, and for so many reasons. Working with your Massage Therapist, you can develop a massage plan to deal with stress, current issues and prevention of new ones. Stressors don’t usually all go away, so the need for continued massage therapy is extremely important in reducing the negative consequences of stress. You only have one body, and massage can help you take care of it.
Massage therapy alone will not meet all of your health goals. But, massage therapy, an exercise program like walking or jogging, and a healthful diet should all be included in an ongoing wellness program. The benefits will be worth the time and energy you put into your wellness plan. Please see your physician prior to starting an exercise program.