Your Insurance May Cover Your Next Massage

Everyone deserves to live their best life, without the disruption of chronic or injury-related pain.

You already know our recommended solution, of course.

Massage therapy is a magical experience. Okay, well, decades of research actually shows the benefits are more therapeutic, but it can certainly feel magical. Especially when injury-related muscular stress and tension are transformed into lasting pain relief.

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Many of our clients who suffer from medical conditions and injuries are surprised at the degree of relief they experience after getting a massage. Massage is a vital component in numerous recovery and treatment plans, so if you’re benefitting from regular sessions, you may consider getting medical coverage.

Yep, you read correctly: some health insurance providers & plans will cover therapeutic massages when deemed medically necessary!

Check your eligibility for medical massage coverage in 4 simple steps:

1. Check your insurance policy

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Before getting a physician referral for a massage, check whether your policy states that a referral will result in coverage. If so, note if there are other coverage limitations that apply, or any exclusions in getting a medical massage covered.

2. Talk to your primary care doctor

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Schedule an appointment with the physician or medical professional listed in your insurance policy document. Discuss your medical condition with your doctor, who will make the diagnosis and determine whether a referral would be beneficial. If so, ask them to write you a prescription for a medical massage.

When discussing your medical condition, ask for a comprehensive treatment plan, which may help validate a medical massage in a greater context. Also ask about other treatments that would supplement a medical massage and accommodate your overall rehabilitation or recovery.

3. Get a referral and schedule your appointment

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Ask your physician's office to send a referral directly to your insurance company, and keep that document on file for yourself. Remember to ask about the recommended frequency of getting a medical massage.

Then, schedule your 60- or 90-minute massage at any of our studios in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, or DUMBO, like you would any other massage. All of our LMTs are pain relief specialists and perform medical massages, or you can request a specific therapist (read about our LMTs and their specialties here).

4. Massage time! 

*Reminder: get an insurance-friendly receipt*

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Finally, the good stuff! Prior to your massage, your LMT will discuss your medical condition with you and what you are looking to get out of the massage. Our LMTs customize each massage to your individual needs. No cookie-cutter massages here!

After your massage, let us know that you will need an insurance-friendly receipt with insurance billing codes, which we can print or email for your records. This is the documentation you will need to provide your insurance company.

While we cannot submit claims to insurance directly, we can support and advocate for you via insurance friendly receipts.


Determining your medical massage eligibility is a multi-step process, although we hope we simplified it with this guide. Let us know if you have any questions along the way!

You’re one step closer to pain relief.

Rachel Beider