Most chiropractic and physical-therapy treatments are reimbursed by health
insurance, while more than 90 percent of massage therapy sessions are paid out of the
When it comes to receiving third-party insurance reimbursement, only 18 percent
of ABMP practitioners do so. Almost all such work is related to disability or accident
The services of a massage therapist or bodywork professional may be covered by
health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies provided as
part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are often
A number of health insurance plans now recognize massage by assembling networks
of approved massage therapist providers. While few of these plans reimburse therapists for
massage work, therapists provide their services to eligible clients for a 20 percent to
25 percent discount from their normal charge rates.
Some therapists have strong feelings about how the profession is viewed and
compensated by the insurance industry.
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