Massage can be of great benefits to amputees. Amputees often receive therapy from a wide team of professionals, which includes doctors, physical therapists, psychologists, and occupational therapists. Massage therapists can play an important role as well.
Massage therapists can help prevent pain and dysfunction by applying massage techniques to various soft tissues in the body. Massage can help reduce swelling, reduce pain, increase relaxation, reduce muscle stiffness, increase circulation, and reduce spasms.
Massage can also specifically help amputees in several ways. Massage has been proven to work in reducing phantom limb pain. It can increase sensory input from the residual limb, which could override the brain’s perception of pain. Massage can also help with residual limb pain, as well as hypersensitivity in the residual limb.
Massage can also help with the pain in muscles and joints that compensate for the limitations caused by the amputation. Scar tissue in the affected limb can be reduced through massage. Swelling in the residual limb is common with amputation, and massage can help reduce that. Massage therapy can also help with poor blood circulation, which is a common problem among amputees.
Frequently, insurance companies will deny any coverage for massages. Massages are typically seen as not medically necessary, and therefore do not have to be covered. Massage could also be seen as experimental, meaning that its benefits haven’t been scientifically proven.
If you get denied insurance coverage for a massage, and you strongly believe that massage therapy could help, you should appeal the decision. If you can present a strong argument as to why massage therapy would help, the insurance company is much more likely to approve your claim.
If you believe that your insurance company is acting in bad faith by denying your amputation-related claims, call me, Conal Doyle, Amputation Lawyer at 310-385-0567. I have a significant amount of experience in fighting insurance companies for coverage, and am a amputee. Call to learn more.