What is Medical Massage?

A medical massage is a result-oriented treatment specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been prescribed by a physician. Your therapist may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the session but will focus your treatment only on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription.

Why is a prescription necessary to perform medical massage?

It is beyond the scope of a massage therapist to diagnose a medical condition. They must work from a physician’s prescription. Non-prescribed therapy may also be administered to address clients, where an assessment shows soft-tissue imbalances.

What type of massage therapy is considered medical massage?

A medical massage may include, but is not limited to, muscle testing, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, positional release, trigger point therapy, and rehabilitative stretching procedures.

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What are the Benefits of medical massage?

  • Releases tight and sore muscles;
  • Helps relieve nerve compression or entrapment;
  • Deactivates myofascial trigger points;
  • Decreases pain and inflammation;
  • Massage can restore suppleness and strength to your muscles, improving their function;
  • Alleviates stress and improves circulation;
  • Massage can improve digestive motility;
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion;
  • Calms the nervous system;
  • Improves posture and coordination; and
  • Medical massage is cost-effective.

Did you know?

You may use your Health Saving Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for therapeutic massage services.  Therapeutic massage is accepted as a legitimate medical service by many plans.

While most FSA and HAS credit or debit cards are typically accepted without question, we recommend the following steps to ensure coverage is accepted.  Ask your healthcare practitioner to write a “prescription” that provides the following information:

  • Reason for medical necessity (example: ‘back pain’);
  • Indicate the number of treatments recommended, frequency and duration (example: “two sessions per week for 6 weeks”);
  • Indicate the modality (massage therapy, manual therapy); and
  • List the diagnosis code.

We can provide you with a customized receipt to assist with FSA/HAS acceptance or claim reimbursement. 

We now provide care and treatment for workers' compensation, automobile accidents, and through various insurance providers.  Call for additional information.  In addition, we are listed as medical providers under the following plans:

Capital Blue Cross (PPO, Benefit Plan)

Choose Healthy Affinity Program (Discount Program)

Group Health, Inc.

Health Allies (Discount Program)

Health Net Health Plan of Oregon


Priority Health (HMO, POS, PPO Benefit Plan)

Providence Health Plan

Veterans Affairs Community Care Network

Whole Health Living Program

*Click the link to see if your insurer is covered through ChooseHealthy Affinity or Whole Health Programs