Medical massage is what is referred to as massage for a specific condition and has to be prescribed by a doctor. For example, massage for a patient who has suffered a stroke, cancer, or an orthopedic injury in which the massage is geared ONLY toward helping the specific issue, is considered medical massage. Many insurance companies and health savings account managers will cover “medical massage” if a doctor has prescribed it or has written a letter of medical necessity. Medicare does not recognize Medical Massage and thus will not cover any massage as therapy for patients. General relaxation massages are not considered medical massage.

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