A Valuable Tool Within a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
Patients may choose to use both RHC’s physical therapy services and massage therapy. While the physical therapist will perform some massage work, it is not a whole body massage and the therapist will often recommend to the patient that they would benefit from massage. At this point, the physical therapist will talk with the myomassologist about what areas or positions to avoid or target during the massage session. In turn, the myomassologist reports back on what she has discovered and this helps formulate a more complete picture of what is happening in a patient’s body. While insurance typically does not cover massage, patients may use health savings accounts to cover the cost and find that the benefits outweigh the costs.
The goal of the massage determines what type of massage a patient should schedule. Whether it is to help with stress from pain, occupation, family or personal issues, a general relaxation massage can be very beneficial. When patients have more stubborn issues, a deep tissue massage may be warranted. The therapist may encourage a patient to seek out a massage when we are dealing with regional range of motion restrictions because the added tissue work can help free up tough adhesions. Pain management and pain relief is crucial to a patient’s coping strategies during recovery. Massage is a valuable tool within a comprehensive treatment plan.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
The most common thing we hear about our massage therapist is: “Wow, she is fantastic—she has healing hands!” A massage by a skilled massage therapist can offer many benefits, including:
- Getting a better night’s sleep
- Ability to move without pain
- Improved mental outlook
- Stress reduction
- Hopefulness and a sense of overall well-being
Massage Therapy Available for Both RHC Patients and Non-Patients
Our initial purpose in offering massage therapy was to offer massage to our patients at a discounted price, with a highly skilled massage therapist, so they would take advantage of this service. The success of this plan was immediate and word of our massage therapy services soon spread, so we expanded our program to include non-patients and kept the great price break. Many clients end up buying gift certificates for family or friends.