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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Massage?
Massage is one of the oldest healing therapies known to mankind. The basis of massage is touch, the most fundamental of human needs. Massage is formalized touch, giving therapists a license to touch within clearly defined boundaries. It is used to achieve and maintain good health, whether basic relaxation or injury rehabilitation, or to restore function to a body system.

What is the difference between Medical and Therapeutic Massage?
Medical Massage is performed with the intent to improve medical conditions or pathologies that have been diagnosed by a physician.  It is primarily used in injury recovery, pain relief and medical conditions requiring a thorough knowledge of disease states and body processes. It requires advance education and training by the therapist, and is performed in collaboration with a physician.   Medical Massage starts with a medical history and assessment that includes postural alignment, range of motion, muscle testing and palpation. Specific techniques are used to address specific dysfunction or pathology accompanied by detailed documentation and progress notes.  

A qualified Medical Massage Therapist has extensive education and training incorporating both medical and massage curriculum.

Therapeutic Massage, also called Wellness or Relaxation Massage, is basic massage to muscles to enhance relaxation, reduce stress, and other non-specific health benefits.  It should sooth, nurture, promote, and maintain wellness with the intent to elicit the general relaxation response. The massage therapist normally performs a full body massage routine that is not based on any evaluation or physical examination.  It is most often used in spas, fitness centers and private practice.  It is appropriate for healthy individuals without significant medical conditions or injuries.  A physician’s referral, diagnosis or prescription is not needed for therapeutic massage.

Therapeutic Massage Therapists generally have a minimal amount of training that is limited to basic massage education.

Both Medical Massage and Therapeutic Massage services are available from RN Therapeutics.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor to be treated?
A prescription is recommended (although not required) if you are currently under a doctor’s care for a medical condition.  You do need a prescription for insurance reimbursement.  Insurance companies maintain a clear distinction between routine vs. outcome-based massage therapy.

What do I wear?
For relaxation massage, clothing is not necessary because you are covered with a large sheet, assuring privacy.  Only the part of the body being massaged is uncovered.  For Medical or Orthopedic techniques you may be asked to wear shorts or a swimsuit. Clothing is needed if the therapy includes frequent changing of positions on the massage table, stretching or exercises.

How long is a treatment session?
Every person and condition is different. Your therapist will evaluate and assess your condition and develop a treatment plan that will be discussed with you prior to treatment.  Some sessions are 20-30 minutes, while others last for an hour.  Treatment frequency can vary from two to three times a week to once a month, depending on the severity of injury or chronicity of the condition.

What about payment?
We accept cash, checks, Visa/MasterCard, and gift certificates.  We file insurance claims for automobile, workers compensation and various health insurances.  24 hours notice is required for appointment cancellations to avoid being charged for the session.

Where will the massage be given and how do I prepare?
Massage is performed on a state-of-the-art massage table designed for comfort and stability at RN Therapeutics or your on-site location. Cushions and supports may be used. Avoid eating heavy meals before and drink plenty of water after your treatment, if advised.  We will discuss your expectations, preferences and concerns before, during, and after your massage. All feedback is appreciated.

Are you licensed?
Currently in Pennsylvania, there is no licensure for massage therapy, although a bill is in the legislative process and hopefully will be passed in the near future. To ensure the minimum level of competency, a massage therapist should have graduated from an accredited 500-hour massage school, and have passed the National Certification Examination (NCTMB).  Additional training and certifications are necessary to perform advanced techniques beyond basic Swedish massage.  The RN Therapeutics staff has years of extensive education and training beyond these minimal requirements and are qualified to provide many advanced techniques.


What my clients are saying...
"I was in a bad automobile accident more than 10 years ago.  Aside from other serious injuries, I have endured neck pain ever since. I did all the therapy and took the pills prescribed, but I’m always just a “quick-turn” or “jolt” away from very painful neck-aches.  Since beginning a treatment process with Karen, I have noticed a great improvement. I have greater range of motion and far less discomfort.

E. Guerra

693 Reading Ave.
West Reading, PA 19611

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