Frequently Asked Questions
What is medical massage?
When should I get a massage?
When should I not get a massage?
I've scheduled a massage, now what should I expect?
Is massage beneficial?
Do you use oil or lotion?
How often should I get a massage?
What should I do after a massage?
Will my health insurance cover Medical Massage?
Why do I have to fill out paper work?
Q: What is medical massage?
A: Medical massage is sometimes defined as medically necessary massage, which is usually prescribed by a physician. Medical massage is generally practiced in relation to a specific goal focused on improving health of patients
Medical massage is helpful to individuals who suffer from an assortment of health conditions, including repetitive motion injuries, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, muscle spasms, neuromuscular conditions, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, chronic headaches, whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, and soft-tissue injuries as well.
Q: When should I get a massage?
A: Any time is a good time to get a massage. You don't need to wait until you're stressed or injured. Too often we see clients who wait until they reach this state to come in. Massage is very effective as preventative care for the wellbeing of a person's body and mind.
You might need a massage if:
- You've seen many doctors about a nagging pain without relief.
- You know you have a soft tissue disorder like carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, headache/migraine, general body aches...
- You've found yourself dealing with a nagging minor injury, sore muscle, or are completely stressed out.
Q: When should I not get a massage?
A: There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage:
The guidelines here are pretty straightforward. You don't want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse, and you don't want to pass anything contagious to the massage therapist. If you're unsure about whether a minor condition should prohibit you from getting a massage, call your therapist before your appointment. If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor before proceeding on a course of massage therapy. For some illnesses, other bodywork modalities may work well.
- Any type of infectious disease
- Systemic infections
- Severe cold
- Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
- Blood clot
- Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia
- High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
- Heart disease
- Open skin lesions or sores (therapist may work around them if localized)
- Prohibited by a physician
Q: I've scheduled a massage, now what should I expect?
A: At your initial visit, you will be asked to fill out a client intake form. It has a place to list any underlying medical conditions. The therapist should be aware of any of these. Even if you have an allergy to something in the oil the therapist uses, you should list this. You should be asked at any subsequent visits about any new medical or physical conditions. If you're not asked, volunteer that information if there is anything the therapist should know.
After the form is completed, you will be escorted to a private treatment room where your therapist will examine you for the root cause of your disorder by examining the tissues around the discomfort, and examining muscles nearby that might be implicated. Then, your therapist will look at your overall structure to see if other imbalances exist that contribute to your condition.
Finally, your massage therapist will use myofascial release, trigger point therapy, muscle stripping, manual lymphatic drain, neuromuscular realignment and other techniques to address your condition.
Q: Is massage beneficial?
A: Massage relaxes your mind and body and alleviates tension headaches. It provides proper blood flow bringing oxygen to the muscles and organs, while aiding in metabolic waste removal. It helps reduce soreness after heavy workouts and increase flexibility by disbanding scar tissue. This all in reduces pain and promotes healing of chronic injuries.
Q: Do you use oil or lotion?
A: We offer both organic oils and lotion. However, we prefer the organic lotion as it moisturizes your skin without being too oily after you re-clothe. Again, it is all about your preference but both our organic lotions and oils will provide you with exceptional massages.
Q: How often should I get a massage?
A: Frequency of massages depends on your body. Some areas such as your back can require several sessions before you feel full relief. Full body maintenance massages can be bi-weekly or monthly depending on your preference.
Q: What should I do after a massage?
A: Drink a lot of water. Ideally, you should continue drinking pure water until your urine becomes totally clear. This will aid your body in eliminating all the internal waste that was stirred up during your treatment. Most people are not properly hydrated, and this can intensify any potential achiness one might feel after a good massage treatment.
It is best if you have nothing else planned after your massage treatment except to simply relax in solitude. A hot bath with Epsom Salt is a wonderful follow-up to a massage treatment. Add two cups of Epsom Salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub. Double the Epsom Salt for an oversized tub. Soak for at least 12 minutes. Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) is inexpensive and can be obtained at any drug store.
Q: Will my health insurance cover Medical Massage?
A: As long as you have a medical condition where you have discomfort or pain, there are many different ways to get some type of insurance coverage for your medical massage treatments. Our office manager at the Khesin Clinical Massage & Rehabilitation clinic has had many years of experience billing insurance for massage therapy treatments and knows the "in and outs" of getting your insurance to cover the majority of your massage treatment costs.
Q: Why do I have to fill out paper work?
A: It�s only during your first visit that you need to fill out paper work, which can be updated if there are any changes in the future. These forms are to acknowledge whether you have any medical conditions the therapist needs to be aware.