Can I Get Insurance to Pay for Massage Therapy?

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage, Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is utilized for the treatment of a variety of health issues ranging from stress to certain medical conditions. For example, health conditions including insomnia, TMJ, anxiety, and nerve pain can be treated using massage therapy. Medically backed benefits of a massage include decreased stress, improved circulation, and reduced pain. Plus, getting a massage is simply rejuvenating to your body and mind. So, wouldn’t it be nice if your insurance would cover your next massage?

Insurance Covered Massage Therapy

Did you know that your insurance may cover your massage therapy? Of course, this depends on the insurance plan and carrier with whom you have your insurance. While some insurance plans cover massage therapy, there are typically restrictions. For example, some plans cover massages under the guise of chiropractic care. Other plans might cover only a portion of care, such as the initial 15 minutes of a massage. You should be able to determine if your insurance covers massage therapy by taking a closer look at your health insurance policy. Otherwise, your insurance agent will be able to tell you point-blank if your coverage includes massage therapy.

Massage Prescribed by a Physician

Massage therapy can be prescribed by your doctor. If you are suffering from any of the following conditions, consult your physician to see if massage could be a treatment option:

  • Stress-related insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Soft tissue sprains
  • Sports injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Paresthesias aka pins and needles sensation
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Nerve pain
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular joint pain)

If your physician gives you a prescription for massage therapy as a treatment your insurance may cover treatment. Specifically, if you are being covered under workers compensation due to an injury you may be eligible for insurance covered massage. Injuries received in an automobile accident may also qualify you for massage therapy as a treatment prescribed by a physician.

Issues with Insurance for Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is an effective treatment option for a wide range of health conditions, as noted by several studies and reports:

Even though studies consistently support massage therapy for a beneficial treatment option, there is some disconnect here. As it stands, most massage therapists are still pushing to obtain financial reimbursement by insurance companies. See, while physicians and other medical professionals have few issues with filing medical procedures with insurance companies, massage therapists remain at large in terms of filing options.

In order for clients to be able to file massages with their insurance company, the insurance filing system needs to change. Given the abundance of studies and research in support for the use of massage therapy, we can only hope that the medical system will soon change to support massage therapists. In fact, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has noted discrimination against massage therapists in regards to this very issue.

Contact Matrix Spa and Massage Today

Whether you are interested in general massage or massage for medical or sports-related issues, Matrix Spa and Massage in Salt Lake City will work with you and your insurance company. At Matrix Spa and Massage we offer professional massage, therapeutic body treatments, facial treatments, and spa packages. Matrix Spa and Massage is located near downtown Salt Lake City, UT across from the well-known Trolley Square. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our steam room or via our one-of-a-kind meditation cave. Make sure to ask about our current specials when you contact us!



Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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