I accept Regence Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross. Both Companies require that you have a pain condition AND a loss of function. 

That means that you MUST also  have some degree of not being
able to sit, stand, walk, stair climb, lift, work, personal care, drive, or sleep because of or in addition to your pain.

Each has different requirements and benefits that you will need to know and be responsible for. Please read more at these pages: Regence Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross

ALL Plans require that massage therapy be medically necessary and each plan has their own specific definition of what that means. Check your policy.  Here are some sample definitions of medical necessity.

All insurance claims must have a prescription from your doctor with a diagnosis in order to be processed, no matter what the insurance company says. A prescription is different from a referral.  Some plans will say that you do not need a referral, but you still will need a prescription.  A prescription will provide a diagnosis code and a treatment plan stating the number of sessions the doctor is prescribing and the duration. (Example: 1x a week for 6 weeks)

You will be allowed 6 sessions to be completed without prior-authorization. After that, your insurance requires that I obtain a prior-authorization from a company they have hired called eviCore, before completing more sessions.

Insurance will only cover massage if there is an injury or condition that makes it medically necessary to get a massage.  Medically necessary massage therapy is done once or twice a week depending on the prescription and condition.

It does not cover massage just for stress, anxiety or depression.

It does not cover maintenance or preventative massage. Each insurance company has their own definition of maintenance massage.  I define it as massage therapy done once a month, every three weeks or every other week.  Massage must be done (time allowing) once a week for massage to give the best benefits. I have to show that there is improvement in your condition.

It does not cover soreness due to exercise.

Some of the conditions that massage can help and that your health insurance will cover are:

Use this handy insurance verification form (PDF) if you call your insurance to investigate your massage therapy benefits.

Triggerpoint Therapy

Triggerpoint therapy works out the' knots' from long hours at the computer, athletic training, recovery and prevention of injuries and pain.  The style of triggerpoint therapy I do is just working out all of the knots as compared to other types of triggerpoint therapy that base their work on referral patterns. 

Triggerpoints are caused by repetitive movements or lack of movement in an area that result in the muscle becoming a tightened band of muscle and connective tissue which results in a lack of circulation to the area, causing pain and restricted movements. 

When other types of massage fail to remedy the situation, triggerpoints are often the cause.  Read more about triggerpoint therapy.

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Deep Tissue Massage therapy is working with the deeper muscles of the body to help them to relax so they can do their job of holding you upright. 

It doesn't necessarily mean that it needs to or will hurt.  The pain or discomfort you might feel during a session is really telling more about how tight the muscles are.

The depth of the pressure has little to do with the results you may or may not feel.  Many are prescribed to the notion that no pain means no gain.  That is not really the case with deep tissue massage therapy.  Working with you to get the pressure just right to get optimal results will be the focus of our work together.

My forte is working with hard to figure out problems - back and neck pain, herniated discs, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, plantar fasciitis and muscle pain from sitting at the computer.Getting regular weekly massage can help to prevent injuries and reduce pain.  Wellness massage is an important part of staying healthy both physically and mentally. Learn more about my services and rates.

Julie Onofrio, LMT

Please  send me an email!   about your health or to find out more about what massage can do for you.

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To Your Health!
Julie Onofrio, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
License #MA00004357

Wellness massage focuses on relieving stress and getting you back into your body again. Massage helps you to reconnect with your inner source of being by helping you to take the time to feel yourself again. Getting a regular weekly massage can do wonders for relieving pain and getting you back on track. After the initial pain is reduced, getting massage once every 2-4 weeks can help keep it away. Pain can affect your work and family life by making you feel just miserable. Relieving that pain can bring back more joy and happiness to your life.