Let us know how it goes. I'd love to hear about your experience. I've never been to a chiropractor. It would probably help if I did, but I don't have insurance and I always figured they cost too much. Do they?
Name: Alma Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
As a massage therapist, may I make a couple of observations here? First, practically no one refers to people trained to do massage as "masseuse" or "masseur" anymore. Like other terms in our language, things change over time. Before the advent of licensing and regulation, practically anyone could - and did - claim to be proficient at massage. Now the industry is working hard to require anywhere from 500 to 1,000 hours (rules vary from state to state) of training in order to become "Licensed Massage Therapists" - LMT's.
Where I live, most chiropractors have LMT's working in their offices. It's a drawing card for them (discounted rate) and they can charge it (full price) to the insurance companies. Most insurance policies (including Medicare) don't cover massage. LMT's usually can't bill insurance companies unless the client has a doctor's prescription for massage. Sixty dollar an hour is commonly charged, but you can get massage for much less or much more, depending on the therapist, the location (more at spas), and the type and length of session.
A good MT will try to ferret out the cause of pain through interviews and palpation, then tailor the massage to each individual client. Many people think they aren't being helped unless they get "deep tissue" massage and, unfortunately, many of those people are made worse by MT's using brute force to get into muscles. A good therapist often incorporates stretches in his/her routine. Massage is a wonderful 'medicine'; Hippocrates advocated that physicians use "rubbing" to either loosen or tighten joints. I know I have helped many clients but I neither promise nor deliver miracles.
Now - all that said, I'd recommend to all of you: find a good therapist and get a good massage! If you must limit your time to 30 minutes, prioritize your needs and have the MT focus on the part of the body that most needs help.
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Cool kitty massage! I've never been to a massage therapist OR a chiropractor. So even Medicare will cover it if some kind of licensed MD orders it? Hmm. I'm thinking my daughter might not want to order it, but maybe...guess there would have to be a diagnosis that showed some kind of need for it.
You're right, Tomatofreak; I looked on her card and she does call herself "Massage Therapist". I'll have to retrain my brain to think that way.
I love that my therapist does it in her home. She's expecting her first child in April and wants to stay home with the baby, so this works out well for her. And she's cheaper than others in town, so it works out well for me too. The room is warm and cozy with soft music and I feel right at home there.
Linda, you SHOULD have a massage, even if insurance won't cover it. Treat yourself. It's absolutely wonderful! I've been decluttering my house and selling what I don't want anymore, and that's how I can afford my little "treats". It's really great for body, mind, and spirit. It really is Therapy!
Jude, your cubit may not have much traction yet because some of us are still learning how to navigate the cubits site. If you hadn't posted here, I would not have realized that you had started a Natural Healing cubit. I just clicked on the link under your post and found it. Thank you for letting me know that it is there.
In reviewing the welcome messages and current discussions for these two cubits, it appears to me that this cubit (LariAnn's) is geared more to people describing their experiences as clients/patients/recipients of alternative healing & natural healing , and your cubit has more alternative practitioners involved.
So......I will try to keep the more 'technical' discussion over in the other cubit and the more general dialogue over here.
Name: Mickey Oswald Chillicothe, IL Have a wonderful day!
Thank you ButterfllyChaser and tomatofreak. I cant thank everyone enough for all the encouragement and support. I am so excited about the 101 pounds and I found out that I am into a 2x now that is down from a 4x.
I'm glad I found this forum.
I try to eat healthy, unprocessed food that I mostly cook myself. I can't really splurge on organics too much but at least I don't eat at McDonalds... ever.
If I had money I would have a massage every day. I just love them!
There is a place called 'Massage Envy' (Nationwide I believe) where you can sign up for a 'subscription' which makes it pretty reasonable. If our finances look up I am going to ask for that for my birthday.
LindaTx8 - I used to have bad knee problems last year. Now that I exercise regularly it is almost completely gone. I do take one of the supplements, but my pilates instructor told me that stretching the hamstrings daily will REALLY help with knee problems. And mine are much better this year.
One other natural remedy I would like to name here: for High blood pressure a good friend takes an Ayurvedic product called Mukta Vati. Combined with exercise, this completely takes away the need for a prescription medication. It's worth a try. And the Ayurvedic principle is that it must not be harmful in any way (so no nasty side effects...)