Why Don’t More Doctors Look Into Massage for Clients in Physical Pain?

I got asked an excellent question on Quora the other day regarding massage treatments as viable options for pain relief and why more doctors who treat physical pain don’t suggest massage to their patients. The question read, “Why don't more doctors who treat physical pain in patients look into trigger points or myofascial release as a solution?” Keep reading to find out what I replied.

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Massage and Insurance

Wouldn't it be lovely if insurance covered all forms of massage therapy, from the most intense Myofascial Release to the epitome of relaxing Swedish massage? Alas, such is not usually the case. While there are a few insurance programs that do cover massage therapy, even they are generally selective regarding the modalities for which they will agree to pay, opting to cover only those that have some perceived medical benefit, such myofascial or orthopedic. If you happen to desire a modality that is not in this list, you are seemingly out of luck.

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