So you have decided to find a rehabilitative massage therapist to help your body heal from your recent auto accident injury. Excellent choice.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your sessions:
1) Arrive prepared for your first session:
Before you can receive your first your first massage that will be billed to your insurance provider you will need:
- a written or electronic referral from an MD, chiropractor, or naturopathic physician
This should include:
Billing codes for your specific injury diagnosis
Frequency and duration of massage prescribed
(example: 2x per week for 4 weeks)
Doctor’s contact info and signature
- the date and location of your accident
- your insurance adjustor contact info (phone, email and snail mail address)
- your insurance claim number
2) Arrive on time for every session:
Most sessions begin the 60 minute clock at the time your appointment is scheduled, not once you are on the table. Get the most from each session and show your appreciation for your provider by being punctual!
3) Stay aware of the funds available in your PIP:
This is a very important thing to stay on top of if you don’t want the surprise of paying excess bills out of pocket later. Most insurance plans have a dollar amount that you are allotted to cover your injuries (Personal Injury Plan, aka PIP). Find out this dollar amount and inquire with your adjustor regularly to check the balance available to you. Also know that most care providers give discounts to patients who pay at the time of service. Insurance companies are not entitled to these lower prices because they take forever to pay. The fee they will pay for your massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, or acupuncture sessions will often be greater than what you are use to paying when you pay out of pocket for these services.
4) Do the prescribed stretches and exercises: If your doctor, chiropractor, PT, or massage therapist has recommended certain stretches, do them. Stretching is an important part of releasing tension from traumatized muscles and also helps you to regain your range of motion. Yes, they can be boring. I hear you. But developing a chronic pain issue is way worse, so stretch and keep moving!
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