Medical Massage

If you have been injured in a car accident or on the job, or if you have another injury or condition for which massage is medically necessary, your doctor may give you a prescription for massage.

I work with medical doctors, naturopaths, physical therapists, chiropractors, and other health care practitioners, providing massage care when it is medically indicated for their patients.

Medical Dental Building

My office is located in the Medical Dental Building in downtown Seattle, next to Nordstrom and across the street from Westlake Center, Pacific Place, and the Westin Hotel.

“Larry did an amazing job at making me feel comfortable and relaxed at each session. He helped me get back to a normal routine after my accident.”
Kellie B.
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What is Medical Massage?

Medical massage is therapeutic bodywork delivered in a medical setting – that is, under the direction of a doctor or other health care provider. Delivering medical massage care requires advanced training (beyond the state’s basic 500-hour licensing requirement) in clinical and orthopedic massage techniques, pathology and contraindications, medical communication and documentation, insurance billing, professional ethics, and legal issues. I have over 1,500 hours of basic and advanced massage training and education, and I have a strong commitment to ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.

In the massage profession, we have only recently begun to clarify the differences between medical massage and wellness massage. For my take on this, please see my article, Medical Massage vs. Wellness Massage.

The Medical Massage Alliance

I am the founder of the Medical Massage Alliance, a Seattle-based peer supervision and professional development group. We all focus in our practices on clinical injury-treatment massage and other medically indicated massage. We work with each other to keep ourselves at the leading edge of medical massage by meeting regularly (monthly), by offering each other peer supervision, by organizing continuing education courses, and by exchanging administrative and marketing ideas and information.

Medical Conditions that Massage Can Help

Medical massage can be an effective treatment for a number of conditions:

  • whiplash
  • neck pain
  • low-back pain
  • tendonitis, tenosynovitis, and other tendon injuries
  • myofascial pain
  • sprain/strain
  • fibromyalgia/fibrositis
  • trigger points
  • osteoarthritis
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • athletic injuries
  • post-injury rehabilitation
  • sciatica
  • carpal tunnel syndrome/CTS
  • thoracic outlet syndrome/TOS (especially when musculoskeletal issues cause the problem)
  • temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • edema
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • emotional stress

I am well-versed in the administrative side of medical massage, including insurance billing and dealing with the legal and other aspects of personal injury (PIP) cases.

Insurance Billing

I bill most insurance companies, and I am a preferred provider for the following managed care organizations and health plans:

  • Aetna
  • Alternare
  • American Whole Health
  • Cigna
  • CorVel
  • First Choice Health Network (1st Choice)
  • Great-West Healthcare
  • Lifewise
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Premera Dimensions
  • Premera FEP
  • Premera Health Plus
  • Premera MSC
  • Washington State Labor & Industries (L&I)

If you don’t see your insurance company listed above, I may still be able to bill your insurance company, if you have an out-of-network benefit.

Medical Massage Rates

My medical massage rates are based on an analysis of both usual, customary, and reasonable (UCR) charges for the Seattle area and of RVU (relative value unit) pricing. Current rates are $33 per 15-minute unit for CPT code 97124 (massage), $38 for 97140 (manual therapy techniques), $33 for 97110 (therapeutic exercise), and $18 for 97010 (hot and cold pack application).

Copies of medical records are available (with consent of the patient) for $1.04 per page for the first 30 pages, 79 cents per page for additional pages, and a $23 handling fee. (Thank you to the law firm of Adler Giersch for alerting me to the 7/1/11 fee update.)

To schedule a medical massage appointment, please call 206-624-6255 or e-mail me.

This page created 11/21/03; last updated 7/6/11.