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Are Massages Covered by Workers’ Comp?

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2020 | Workers' Comp, Workplace Injuries |

Massage therapy is widely recognized as a helpful rehabilitative treatment for many injuries. As such, getting a massage could be covered by your workers’ comp policy if you get hurt at work.

The benefits of massage include:

  • Stress relief
  • Pain reduction
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced swelling
  • Better sleep
  • And more

Massages can also help promote healing after soft tissue strains or injuries in the workplace. Additionally, massage therapists can handle mild to severe back, shoulder, wrist, and neck injuries that occur at work. Sometimes, regular massages can help you get back to your pre-injury state sooner.

Approved Providers

Certain massage professionals are even registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) and can visit you in-home if you are too injured to leave the house. One company called Body Well Therapy, for example, has worked with insurers and care management networks like Corvel, OneCall, and Sedgwick.

To qualify for massage therapy via workers’ comp, you must have the service prescribed to you by a physician and/or receive an authorization form from your workers’ comp claims administrator. Typically, your policy will limit your visits with a massage therapist unless you have a doctor’s recommendation that more treatments would be beneficial. If your employer disagrees, however, they can request an independent examination.

State by State

Workers’ compensation policies in New York do not cover massage therapy. Nevertheless, California is a leader in preventative care and may soon allow workers’ comp to cover massages that stop cumulative trauma claims from happening in the first place.

If you are injured at work or feel sore all the time, talk to your employer about your options. You can also consult your workers’ comp policy, which should have been provided to you with your start materials or be readily available within your HR (human resources) department.

Can My Employer Turn Down My Treatment?

While you need to comply with all company regulations surrounding workers’ comp, your employer cannot deny your claim without a good reason. Essentially, if your doctor recommends you get weekly massages, your employer can request a second opinion, but they cannot deny the treatment outright.

If you believe your workers’ compensation claim was unfairly denied, please contact the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin. Our experienced workers’ comp attorneys can help you get the treatment you need and the benefits you are entitled to.

Get started today with a phone call to 408-341-6025 and a free consultation.