All types of massage therapy are really healthcare:
- Clinical massage for injury rehab – Yes
- Massage in hospitals – Yes
- Spa and relaxation massage therapy – Yes
Clinical/Medical massage therapy is being used extensively for rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions such as muscle pain/strains/sprains from everyday living to top athletic competitors, recovery from surgery, headaches, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. It helps pregnant women through pregnancy, delivery and post-partum recovery. It helps cancer patients deal with the physical, mental and emotional components of dealing with cancer. Most importantly, massage therapy can help reduce stress, depression and anxiety.
Massage therapy is being used in hospitals to help patients recover from surgery, to help reduce stress and depression, and in cancer centers.
Spa and relaxation massage therapy is also a part of healthcare because of it’s many benefits in stress reduction along with depression and anxiety.
ALL Massage Therapy is Healthcare.
Some states recognize massage therapists as healthcare providers, while some still do not. Efforts are being made across the US to change this and to get massage therapy covered by health insurance for medically necessary conditions.