For all types of athletes: from weekend warriors, running, biking, golf, walking
soccer, baseball/football and everything in between.
Sports Massage can help you in any stage of your training.
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.
Whatever sports or physical activities you engage in, sports massage will give you 20% extra - that extra performance, extra protection, extra training time and extra strength. That can mean a lot to any level of competitor or recreational amateur.
No matter what level of exercise you are engaging in -training for the 3 day Breast Cancer walk, walking a 5k, cycling from Seattle to Portland or just working out to stay fit and healthy, getting regular sports massage can help you in your training.
Tight muscles are weak muscles. The fibers of the muscles are actually stuck together which means that they are not all contracting.
Tight muscles can also increase your chances of staining a muscle to the point of having to stop exercising.
When a muscle tightens the result is a decrease in power and co-ordination. Tension and tightening reduce the effectiveness of the entire body. Repetitive contraction of muscles without relaxation of the muscle becomes a muscle spasm or knot. These knots are what can lead to tears or strains. Also when a muscle is tight -it is weak.
Using massage before a muscle turns into a knot can add to your total power.
Strength is a contractive function of the muscle. If part of the muscle is tied up in a knot, there will be a reduction in flexibility and power.
Every time you work out you are creating millions of microtears in the muscle. That is how a muscle increases in strength by repairing that damaged tissue. If the damage becomes too great, spasms, tears and strains can result. Inflammation in a muscle is like sludge in a gas tank, slowing down the performance of the car. Tight muscles from repetitive training can also lead to a misalignment of the body. Just like the tires on a car that wear down when they are misaligned so will your body. Keeping the body balanced and finely tuned to participate in physical activities can help advance your training or just keep you moving so that you can enjoy your activity.
Bodies don't last forever, but you can certainly add to your longevity by receiving regular weekly massage sessions. Use massage to enhance your running, golf games, cycling, rowing, basketball, walking and any other sport you play.
If you are training for a specific event, massage can enhance your training by keeping you flexible which leads to increasing your strength. You will be more in touch with your body to be able to determine your limits better. An injury that limits your training can be avoided by knowing your limits.
Each different sport has its various physical challenges. Golf is hard on the low back and knees. Cycling can be hard on the neck, shoulders and back. Runners can have problems with IT bands along the side of the legs as well as foot problems. A good sports massage therapist will work with the athlete to understand their sport and apply massage techniques accordingly.
Getting regular massage during your training needs to be tailored towards your level of training and the time of your events. Light massage is usually done the week before your event to reduce the chance of injuries.
Working out right after a massage may feel like a struggle and depending on your level of training and health may not be advisable.
If you are working out to maintain your health and well being, sports massage can help alleviate the pain of working out and also help you to become more aware of yourself.
Working out can be a great way to improve your physical health as well as your mental and emotional health. Your personal life also influences your workouts. Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed your workouts will not be as fluid or efficient.
For more on Sports Massage:
Sports Massage & Recovery Time Re-examining the Role of Lactic Acid By Shirley Vanderbilt
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