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Title: Prescribing Massage Therapy


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Prescribing Massage Therapy
  • Jennifer M Joyce, MD
  • Jill S Cole, NCTMB

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Objectives
  • Present common conditions that may benefit from
    massage therapy.
  • Review important characteristics of massage
    therapists and their training.
  • Describe basic massage treatment plans.
  • Discuss insurance reimbursement

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Conditions for Massage Therapy
  • Chronic pain
  • Back Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic headaches

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Conditions for Massage Therapy
  • Arthritis
  • Repetitive use injury
  • Acute conditions Muscle strains and sprains
  • Manual lymphatic drainage

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Conditions for Massage Therapy
  • Stress reduction
  • Cancer and Palliative Care

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Massage Therapists Training
  • Know your own states regulations
  • Ask about a therapist education
  • Which school
  • School accreditation- COMTA
  • Number of hours of training
  • Professional accountability and credentials
  • AMTA NCTMB

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Finding qualified therapists
  • Consider interviewing a therapist
  • Locator service through AMTA web site
  • Local phone book
  • Word of mouth
  • Local faith groups/Wellness Centers
  • Massage schools
  • Athletic clubs and facilities

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Massage Treatment Plans
  • Definitions
  • Health history
  • Client agreement
  • Documentation

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Massage Treatment Plans
  • Evaluation of affected areas
  • Recommend one hour a week for four weeks
  • Reassessment on going
  • Pain level
  • Mobility/quality of movement
  • Time constraints
  • Financial constraints

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Reimbursement
  • Personal health accounts
  • Insurance coverage
  • Personal injury
  • Workmans Comp.
  • Anthem, Aetna UHC
  • No coverage
  • Humana, Bluegrass Family, CHA

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Prescribing Massage Therapy
  • There are several common conditions that may
    benefit from massage therapy.
  • Remember the professional characteristics of
    massage therapists and their training.
  • Describe basic massage treatment plans.
  • Reimbursement is available on limited basis
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