Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Specialist
While you may associate the word "massage" with pampering or luxury, its biggest appeal — making you feel good — is gaining popularity as a powerful medical intervention. If you're one of the many people in the Midtown East, New York area who may benefit from medical massage, pain-management specialist Dr. Randa Jaafar and her colleagues at New York Medicine Doctors are here to help.

Massage Therapy Q & A

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Which medical problems can massage therapy address?

Research has shown massage therapy to be an effective intervention for certain types of pain relief, especially musculoskeletal injuries and disorders — problems related to your bones and muscles. This includes two of the most common and debilitating types of pain: back and neck pain.

Additionally, massage may improve the quality of life for patients with a range of serious medical issues. In these instances, massage itself is not curative but instead may have a positive effect on your mood and energy level.*

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

When it comes to pain relief, massage therapy offers patients a noninvasive option with fewer side effects compared to medication and surgery. In addition to potentially providing lasting pain relief, many patients enjoy their massage therapy sessions — a far cry from the unpleasant procedures often associated with doctor visits.

While there are certain circumstances where massage therapy may not be right for a particular patient, another advantage of massage is that it does not generally interfere with other treatments. As such, massage therapy may be used alongside more conventional medical interventions, potentially complementing their effects.

Massage therapy can offer more to patients than pain relief: It may also help control other physical and psychological issues that frequently accompany pain disorders, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

What is a massage therapy session like?

Each provider gives their patients a unique experience based on their own individual needs. If you'd like to know more about what to expect from massage at New York Medicine Doctors, ask Dr. Jaafar when you meet with her.

Does my insurance cover massage therapy?

Many patients who might benefit from massage therapy go untreated because they believe massage therapy is an expensive luxury, but medical massage can be affordable. In fact, some insurance policies cover some or all of the costs associated with medically necessary massage when it is performed by a qualified health care professional.

Although Dr. Jaafar and her colleagues accept most types of insurance, you'll need to find out if these services are covered under your own plan. Not all insurance policies will pay for massage therapy, but with a growing amount of research showing its health benefits, more companies are likely to offer coverage in the future.

Does massage therapy sound right for you? Book an appointment online with Dr. Jaafar today.

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