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We get this question often and the answer is; it depends on your insurance carrier along specific IRS guidelines.
In general, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) cover massages for certain medical conditions. It has been determined that the medical care MUST be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental ailment. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ruled that massage therapy for the sole purpose of tension and stress relief does not qualify as an eligible expense.
The treatment must be approved and prescribed by a physician. Examples of medical conditions that qualify include carpal tunnel, back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression and pain management.
How to Use an FSA/HSA for Massage
You must ensure you have obtained prior approval for the massage from your doctor, insurance provider and ensure that your HSA/FSA will cover the massage session. Once you obtain your prescription, keep it with your tax documents, should you need it to verify the expense at tax time.
Before scheduling a massage therapy session visit your primary care doctor or local physician. Let the doctor know you are seeking massage therapy as a solution to a medical condition. In conclusion of the evaluation, if you qualify, the physician will write a prescription for your massage as a medical necessity.
Once qualified, the physician must provide three pieces of information on your prescription:
First, the doctor must detail why it is medically necessary. (Example: to relieve back pain, reduce stress/anxiety; prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.)
Second, the number of sessions per month or frequency of your visits should be listed. (Example: Two (2) 60 minute sessions per month.)
Third, the length of treatment period should be provided. (Example: 3 months, 6 months, etc.)
How do you pay?
Once approved you may contact a service provider to reserve your massage session(s.) It is recommended that you provide your service provider (the organization performing your massage session) a copy of your prescription.
You will pay your service provider directly (ex. Oasis Day Spa) then you are reimbursed by your insurance company. Make the provider aware that you have HSA/FSA approval, and advise them if you will be paying with a Visa or MasterCard Flex Spending Card. Maintain your receipts from each session for your records, as proof of treatment. Note: Your service provider is not responsible for any denials for reimbursement once a service is provided. At Oasis Day Spa payments will be processed upon arrival to confirm approval prior to your massage session.
Again, you must obtain approval prior to a massage session, with written permission from your doctor and approval from your insurance company. Only certain conditions are covered, so do your research and have all of your approvals before making your massage appointment. Massages for a spouse and even a dependent under the age of 27, if he or she has a qualifying medical condition, may be covered.
Most accounts are Use it or Lose it, so use your HSA/FSA accounts before the end of the year if you have a medical condition that qualifies you for a massage!
For more IRS information go to: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf
A single 90-minute massage session can have a profound impact on your physical and mental well-being. A skilled massage therapist can identify and target problem areas within your body, kneading out myofascial trigger points (muscle knots) while leaving you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
A 90-minute massage is the perfect way to relieve stress. According to the American Institute of Stress, approximately 3 out of 4 doctor visits are related to stress. Stress increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, suppresses the immune system, promotes insomnia, causes digestive disorders, and much more.
While theres no way to completely avoid stress, you can reset your body and mind with a 90-minute massage. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine found massage therapy to offer immediate beneficial effects on anxiety-related measures and may be a useful de-escalating tool for reducing stress and anxiety in acutely hospitalized psychiatric patients.
Improves Blood Flow
Another benefit of a 90-minute massage is improved blood flow/circulation. By kneading out muscle knots, a massage therapist will encourage blood flow to the affected region. Of course, this translates into faster muscle recovery and healing times while also protecting against pain and inflammation. A client will experience improved circulation within just minutes of receiving a massage, making this a simple yet highly effective way to boost blood flow within the body.
Most people will agree: 90 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a massage. It allows clients to receive a thorough massage, targeting any and all problem areas, but not forcing him or her to invest a significant chunk of their day. A professional massage therapist can use this hour-and-a-half time frame to massage the clients entire body.
To make the most of your 90-minute massage, its recommended that you talk with your therapist beforehand to address any issues and/or concerns. If you feel pain or stiffness in a particular area, for instance, let your therapist know so he or she can target it during the session. Therapists often find problem areas on their own, but informing them will make the process easier and more enjoyable. Spending a couple minutes discussing your physical conditions before the session begins can make a world of difference.
Call Oasis Day Spa at 704-333-8777 to reserve an appointment with one of our Professional Massage Therapist.
Detox means to give new life, vitality or vigor to. All excellent words to describe a cleanse. Use ingredients to give your body a boost to get ready for an active life.
Imagine gaining increased energy as you sprint around the city with the biggest smile that says, I feel great! If this is your summer goal, start by detoxing your body of toxins. Your lymph nodes are often overlooked but theyre a great system for detoxing. Here are five tips to get your lymphatic system moving again.
1. Detox Remove Toxins With Herbs
The lymphatic system should be the key to your detox because its primary function is to carry waste away from the cells and bloodstream to the bodys organs of elimination. When lymph fluid remains sluggish the lymph nodes become clogged and lose their filtering ability. Without routine flushing of the lymph, debris becomes trapped in the body, creating a toxic overload and contributing to the onset of disease. Recommended revitalization herbs: dandelion (absorbs toxins, stimulate the liver), echinacea (powerful immune stimulant), red clover (has anti-tumor, blood cleansing properties) and burdock root (prevents toxic chemical poisoning).
2. Cleanse Purge
Remove and purge your body of any white flour products. These include: sugar, junk food, processed foods and meat, pesticides, chemicals, preservatives and all heated fats and oils. Drink as much water as you can and more for an optimal detox. A great rule-of-thumb measuring tool is to drink half your body weight in ounces.
Flush those toxins out! Fresh lemon juice in 1/2 cup water early in the morning, beet juice and carrots are all great cleanse tactics. Also, try alternating in dandelion tea an excellent diuretic that does not excrete potassium from your body but stimulates the liver. You may drink this tea at least 3 times each day. Finally, consume organic cucumbers daily which are loaded with water to flush excess toxins from your body. Doing these simple changes can facilitate you to a long term healthier lifestyle.
3. Exercise Get Moving!
The worse thing you can do for yourself is NOT move your body. Movement helps the fluids in the lymphatic system circulate and removes stored toxins. If you dont move you can have an accumulation of fluids in the body which can affect your heart and lungs. Brisk walking, running or even more fun jumping on a mini trampoline could revitalize the lymph nodes, helping them into detox mode.
4. Digestive Eat the Right Foods
Certain foods assist the body in removing excess water. Cucumber is loaded with water and is an excellent source of fiber, potassium, all the B vitamins, phosphorus and magnesium. Salad greens contain vitamin A and C (just dont buy Iceberg; it has virtually no nutritional value). Spinach is a wonderful source of calcium and it doesnt cause mucus buildup like dairy milk. And, do yourself a favor by trading in Romaine lettuce for spinach in salads.
5. Lifestyle Changes Water Therapy
Thats correct! Alternating hot and cold water via a shower is so much easier to do to than bath version. A great way to start is to alternate hot water then cold water for five minutes during your daily shower. Save those weekends to indulge in aromatic bath infusion. What you are doing is stimulating your body and circulating your lymphatic system. And, a great lymph massage is so rejuvenating. This can be your personal indulgence.
Americans have gotten used to chronic sleep deprivation. About 95% or more of us no longer knows what it's like to feel fully alert, awake, and aware.
So, you're exhausted but you can't wait to sleep. Your head hits the pillow and frustration sets in. You open your eyes in the middle of the night and find yourself staring at the clock, which coldly stares back. And you just read that people who sleep less than seven hours die younger and last night you got only four...
What can you do? Use your body the way it's built. Hide clocks behind a book; keep caffeine use to early to mid-morning; rest before sleep, and avoid late night alcohol. Quit smoking if you do. Now that is much tougher, but sometimes knowing what tobacco does to sleep gives that last necessary incentive to stop the expensive weed.
Fortunately sleep is a part of rest that's all about conditioning - the little behaviors that make falling asleep restful and fun, as sleep reworks and rewires your brain. Even 20-30 minutes of walking leads to new brain cell growth at night.
Remember that acorn on the forest floor? That acorn can generate a grand oak tree. That power of regeneration is what rest does for your body. Much of the insides of your cells are replaced in hours to days. The proteins pumping your heart that lets you read this sentence - gone in sixty, ninety minutes. It's time to give rest a chance.
Reference Web MD
Great Article by Howard Murad, M.D.that we wanted to share. The holidays are coming and how we manage stress is important.
A little stress every now and then can be a good thing. Like most animals, humans have adapted to life with occasional acute-stress episodes. When we feel stressed, our heart rate goes up and our senses sharpen. These are just two features of a complex physical and mental response to stress triggers that has evolved to give us the extra focus, speed and strength we need when danger is near.
What we havent had time to adapt to is the chronic stress that comes from stress triggers woven into every aspect of our lives. The pervasive stress that comes with living in a world of 24/7 connectivity a stress I call Cultural Stress®keeps many of us in a highly charged state at all times. Unlike stress episodes, which allow for recovery time when the danger passes, constant Cultural Stress is the product of a never-ending stream of daily triggers that can lead to physical and mental burnout.
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