Inthera Massotherapy LLC is now part of the SummaCare Health Network and ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!
As an in-network provider of clinical massage therapy, Inthera Massotherapy LLC is credentialed to provide the highest quality and effective massage therapy in the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area..
Many of my clients and potential clients often ask if I accept insurance. Up until now, Inthera Massotherapy has been an out-of-network provider of massage therapy for clients who have sustained injuries during motor vehicle accidents. Typically, the client will present a prescription for massage therapy from their prescribing healthcare provider. As a side note, massage prescriptions eliminates the sales tax often collected when payment for the service is due. The client pays for the service and is reimbursed by their insurance company. Careful attention to your insurance plan details helps maximize your benefits!
The introduction of clinical massage therapy in many insurance plan represents a solid foray into health and wellness sector. As an in-network provider of clinical massage within the Medicare Advantage Plans administered by the SummaCare network, prior authorization is required to access the massage benefits of your health care plan. Massage therapy has long been considered an effective treatment for short and long term pain syndromes, neuromuscular dysfunction and emotional stress. With the beginning of a new plan year in Jan.2021, this is a good time to discuss your overall health and wellness goals with your PCP.
*Relieve postoperative pain
*Manage low back pain
*Help fibromyalgia pain
*Enhance exercise perfomance
*Relieve tension headaches
Let’s start the New Year with eye toward optimal personalized wellness and sound medical care. Contact your SummaCare Customer Care representative for more details. I look forward to working with you soon!
Veteran’s Day is a special holiday for my family and I. My family has volunteered and served in the U.S. Armed Forces almost a 100 years!
Sending gratitude for all who worn the uniform of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard! I’ve had the honor to work with many veterans, initially as a nursing student/aide at the Cleveland VA Hospital and then later throughout my career as RN and LMT
I recognize that our veterans are often underserved in these areas of preventative health activities, mental health diagnosis and treatment , and relief from chronic health disorders caused by service in the military. In this recognition, I understand the need to provide care and treatment across the spectrum of healthcare and support. While massage therapy is often considered an ‘alternative’ treatment, there has been mounting evidence via emerging research into the area of massage clinical outcomes. American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA), psychological, medical and nursing professional groups support the benefit of healthy touch and therapeutic manipulation for this population.
PTSD “Some research estimates that between 5 and 20% who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD. This condition comes with both physical and psychological symptoms and can include: increased rates of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal issues, increased feeling of detachment and isolation, insomnia to name a few. One small pilot study found massage significantly reduced headache, anxiety and pain interference. Massage was found to a postive addition to veteran health care in a June study”
If you are a veteran or knows someone who can benefit from massage and therapeutic bodywork, Inthera Massotherapy LLC is here to help provide community support to our valuable military service personnel.
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Humans beings thrive from the essential nature of touch. From our first moments outside of the womb, we are held close to the warmth and rhythmic cadence of being alive! Peripheral nerves diffused throughout our skin surfaces and hair follicles relay information about the environment in which we live to our central nervous system. We connect and interact through touch and it’s absence in our lives can have profound effects on our mood, cognition and our ability to handle pain and dysfunction.
COVID pandemic necessitated social distancing, stay at home and self-isolation orders so that the vulnerable among us may avoid the deadly consequences of the disease. During this time, many people began to experience the side effect from the lack of touch or meaningful social interaction. Let’s remind ourselves of the beneficial effects of therapeutic touch, body work and energy medicine during this healing journey. The essential nature of massage helps ease the discomforts and restore balance…here’s an excerpt from an article in Psychology Today that adds dimension to our discussion,
Sharon K. Farber Ph.D says..”The body-oriented approaches are based on a principle that is becoming more obvious to researchers. Ken Wilbur wrote in The Spectrum of Consciousness, “For every mental ‘problem’ or ‘knot,’ there is a corresponding bodily ‘knot;’ and vice versa since, in fact, the body and the mind are not two. That is, psychic conflict, guilt, shame, unresolved grief all can be lodged in the body as body memories, and when the site of the psychic difficulty is deeply touched through massage or other manipulation, it can not only release the physical pain but may make the psychic pain accessible.”
As a dynamic modality, massage has shown effective relief from simple touch, energetic work as well as therapeutic manipulation of tissues. Let’s move through these moments with compassion and kindness towards each other as we promote postive healing touch!
As of May 15 2020 independent massage therapy locations may re-open as part of Responsible ReStartOhio . The Ohio Medical Board has released new mandatory and recommend best practices as we move forward in minimizing exposure risk To COVID-19 while also balancing the important need for therapeutic massage. Please review the following link for specific information regarding new mandatory guidelines initiated by the Ohio Medical Board. Please continue reading for a comprehensive list of current and new changes to our existing policies. Feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have.
[Edited:May 12 2020.]Thank you for joining me during this discussion of standard precautions and it’s implications within massage therapy. As a nurse and massage therapist, I think this is a very important topic to share with my clients and with the community at large. Because I possess a dual license in each profession, I and my practice entity are ethically bound to follow the legal and public health directives. such as the executive orders recently administered by the Ohio Department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, this massage practice follows the recommendations as described by the CDC and WHO
While, massage therapists can be considered ‘essential workers’ at any other time, however during a pandemic, our skills and knowledge can be used to serve those who are actually on the frontlines~caring for patients, food and medicine supply chain, public health and safety etc. As the state of Ohio begins it’s re-opening plan, Inthera Massotherapy LLC will also initiate a gradual re-opening that will include the continued use standard precautions, cleaning and sanitizing protocols, client intake and appointment spacing.
“Standard precautions in health care are meant to reduce the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens from both recognized and unrecognized sources. These precautions are the basic level of infection control precautions, which are to be used, as a minimum, in the care of all patients. Among, source control measures, respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette, developed during the severe acute respiratory syndrome(SARS) outbreak in 2003, is now considered part of standard precautions”-CDC
For the massage therapist, the risk of encountering body fluids(OPIM) or blood borne pathogens is very low. In addition, due to it’s non-invasive nature, massage therapy provides a supportive environment for healing, especially after an acute health crisis. However, airborne pathogens may be transmitted from host to host without appropriate respiratory hygiene~ which may include masks or eye shields. See below for current and upgraded Standard Precautions Procedures and Sanitizing Protocols according to new guidelines by Ohio Medical Board.
- Currently-One client at a time. Therefore current guidelines of social distancing are satisfied
- Currently-Personal time and attention for thorough intake and assessment
- Currently-Supports and follows current health directives and recommendations
- Currently- Low touch office. Massage tools are used by one practitioner
- Currently-Wash hands before and after each client, after eating and touching dirty surfaces
- * New Change*~Clients will wash/sanitize hands before and after each session
- Re-schedule appointment if febrile, coughing/excessive sneezing or other acute symptoms
- *New Change*~ Therapist will wear mask to cover nose and mouth.
- Wash hands after removal of mask or other PPE
- *New Change*~Client must wear(“must be allowed to wear” a mask based on clinical assessment. *Client must provide own personal mask*
Client Intake/Appointment Spacing
- Currently-Clients are encouraged to use the scheduling software Soapvault when booking/ changing their appointments and for completing the online intake form. This is a paperless transaction
- * New Change*~ In order to clean and sanitize effectively between clients, there will be an expanded 60 minutes break between appointments.This will still allow time for post-session consultation and feedback
- *New Change*~Please arrive no more than 10-minutes for your scheduled appointment time. No need to wait in the car.
- Currently-Cleans surfaces i.e. massage table, face cradle, massage chair ,massage tools before and after each use.
- *New Change* Impermable covers as recommended
- Currently-When applicable for table massage-sheets and other linen are changed after each client and stored until ready for laundry
- * New Change*~Provide permable barrier when indicated
- Currently-Clean pajamas for each Thai Massage session
- Currently-Sanitize high touch surfaces using recommended disinfectant products such as Lysol, Mar-V-cide
- Currently-Clean and sanitize high use, high touch common areas such as reception, doorknobs, bathrooms
- Currently-Frequent vacuuming, floor care and observation for small pests