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Massage Therapy?

Like so many of us here I have tried everything to relieve my pain. I have had severe muscle spasms in my thoracic back for years. I have had 2 epidurals, trigger point injections, nerve abolition, countless Physical therapists and chiropractors. I just had my 3rd MRI on Friday which I am sure they will say "Shows nothing... There is no reason for the amount of pain you are in". Has anyone had great success with massage therapy? My insurance does not cover massage therapy. Is there a way around this? I suspect if this is the answer my issue will not be resolved in one visit. Thank you


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    massage therapist. One of the problems in the States here that almost anyone can be a certified massage person. Takes the back of a matchbook cover to send away, take some courses and you got a certificate.

    But you need some one who is professionally trained. Get their credentials before you sign up for anyone.

    The standard Physical Therapists, their massages, etc could not penetrate deep enough into my deep major rhomboid muscle. On a prescription from my doctor, I went to see this little Thai deep/soft tissue massage guru. I spent 6 months with him weekly with extremly painful sessions. But he eventually got that deep muscle to become pliable which in turn took pressure of my thoracic dics. That work, kept me out of a wheelchair.

    I still see him 6 years later, maybe 1x month for a tune up. I trust my body to him totally. He was a pre-med student before learning under the masters in Thailand. That deep painful massage work is what I needed and still need from time to time.

    Its not for everyone, many people find it too painful. But for 45 minutes of hell, to get great results, to me it was worth it. It costs $85 a session and is not covered by any insurance. I tried all types of ways to get reimbursed. No prescription, no doctor's letter, etc made a difference.
    But since it helped me, it was worth it.

    Now, dont just go running out to find a deep tissue massage specialist. LIke I said, this worked for me... Check around get some evaluations.
    Here what some of the therapists say they can do for you, etc Settle on one that makes you feel most comfortable.....

    Then try a few sessions to see how it works out.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thanks for your post, Dilauro. I actually just sent off an email to my doc to see if massage is something worth pursuing.
    Since money is a concern, insurance coverage is the real barrier for me. Clearly you had no luck getting coverage for it, Dilauro, but I am wondering if anyone else has had a different experience?
    When I called my insurance company about it a few weeks ago, they said that I do not have a specific massage benefit, but that if it is "medically necessary," it would be covered. Medically necessary...hmm...who determines that, my doc or the paper pushers at the insurance co? I am just wondering if anyone reading this has successfully gotten insurance coverage for medical massages as part of their pain management?
    I was really hoping to give it a shot to help reduce the opiates.
  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 92
    edited 08/28/2015 - 10:01 AM
    never had insurance pay for any of it. We have massage schools/clinics in our area and I've used them over many years.. I've done deep massage and gentle massage and I don't know a soul who doesn't like their body "worked" deep or gentle. Good wishes.

    We have acupuncture clinics and schools here too and I've done well with acupuncture over the years.

    There is a huge distinction between massage therapists. Different only 45 states in the USA require a license and/or certificate to practice massage. Some of the per-requisites range from 25 hours to 500 hours of clinical massage work. There is also very little control over what a massage person can offer. They can advertise, Therapeutic, Swedish, Sports, Soft, Deep Tissue massages without actually having all the required skills. The most common mis-used name is Deep Tissue Massage. A true master in this area requires years of training. so always be aware when someone says they do deep tissue massage. If they say it, ask them about their training and credentials. True deep tissue massage work is very valuable in providing pain relief, but some of the techniques that it uses could be very dangerous when done by an untrained professional.

    -- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
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