Do i need a referral to be treated?
You will need a referral to be treated in our office if you are being seen for a case/injury. However; if you are not needing to bill insurance and you are being seen in our office for wellness care we do not require a referral in most instances. The exception to this would be if you are wanting to be seen and you have a pre-existing illness or injury that we need clearance from a medical provider to be able to treat. I.e. If you have a compromised immune system, are undergoing treatments for cancer, you are receiving care for certain disorders like a kidney disease and are on dialysis…etc.) You may even set up an appointment for a consultation in our office to speak to one of our care management providers to answer any further questions you have about care in our office.
Why wont my massage therapist tell me what i might have wrong with me?
As a Massage Therapist we are unable to diagnose. You will need to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to have that diagnosis. (If it is something that you are uncertain is contagious or there could be a risk to your health at the time of service or during the consultation we may ask you to get looked at by a doctor to be cleared before receiving treatment).
Do I need to come early for paper work?
Yes, for the first session. The paperwork we have for you can take anywhere from 5–10 mins. If you are able to come early it is suggested that you get here approximately 10–15 mins early.
What will i need to bring for my first appointment?
We will need you to have some form of Identification on you so that we can take a copy of it for your file and our records. If you are under the age of 18 years old we need your parent or guardian to sign a consent for you to be treated before you can be seen. (Reference “The Policy of Treatment of Massage for Minors”).
DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY PCP OR CAN I GET A REFERRAL FROM MY CHIROPRACTOR FOR TREATMENT?
Depending on what you are being seen for you may need a referral from your PCP (primary care provider). If you are being seen for a worker's compensation claim you may obtain a referral from your chiropractor, but eventually you will need to be seen by a PCP because workers comp limits how many visits you may see a chiropractor before obtaining a PCP for your case. If it is for a MVA you may receive a referral from any entity that has the ability to refer you for external preventative and rehabilitative care; I.e. Chiropractor, PCP, NP…etc. Your best bet is most always going to be your primary care provider though for a case.
WHY AREN’T YOU ABLE TO EXCUSE ME FROM WORK OR REFER ME OUT FOR MY INJURY/IES?
It is out of the scope of practice for a massage therapist to diagnose someone; therefore because we are unable to diagnose an injury or illness…etc. We are also unable to excuse you from work. The same reasons apply to being able to refer you out for physical therapy or to a specialist. You will need to be seen by a licensed practitioner who is able to diagnose in order to be excused from work or a specific activity as well as being referred out for care to a specialist...etc.
Why Cant i tip?
Due to the medical nature of our facility and the treatment you will be receiving, our belief is “If you wouldn’t tip your doctor, then why would you tip a massage therapist you are seeing for medical/therapeutic purposes?” It is tip enough when you think highly enough to refer us your friends, family, co – worker…etc. to see one of our many skilled providers.