I was going to take a break and do quick, carefree blog on making no-sew fleece facerest covers. It is on hold for today. This is a quick blog about my day. It may not make sense, but that has never stopped me before.
Random thoughts, by Ivy Hultquist
I just got home from an appointment children’s therapy center. My daughter had a speech evaluation for her cleft lip/palate. The speech language pathologist sat and talked to my daughters, husband, and I for a while. We had tons of fun playing games and learning new ways to encourage our daughter to communicate verbally. Really, it was fun! Then it changed. They told us we needed to talk about insurance. It was clear the insurance company was now in control. We had to test and measure everything our daughter did. How she chewed, swallowed, breathed, signed, and closed her mouth. As we left, they told us were going to look into how much insurance would cover, how many times we could come in, and lots of other insurance rules. Rules, rules, rules. There were no decisions for us to make about the future of our daughter’s treatment. That was a decision for someone else, whom we never have met, to make now. It was much less fun at the end of the appointment for everyone involved.
Why are speech services covered and massage therapy is not?
Simple. They have found a way to show measurable results consistently. My daughter, who could not say ten words a few weeks ago, can now say 50. They have shown that their approach works. Insurance companies want to pay for something that works and shows results.
Will we ever get there ourselves?
The massage field is working hard to show measurable results through evidenced-based massage. This will surely please the insurance companies and other medical professionals. And do you know what? We will get there. I am sure of it. Doctors will write more prescriptions for massage and many more insurance will cover massage. People will be lined up for more massages. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Or, can we?
Will these changes please our clients?
I have those clients (and I am sure you do too) where I sit down and ask them how they are feeling today. I ask them what has improved, and what I could do differently this time. They look at me.
I can see it in their eyes:
I am not here to be asked twenty questions, Ivy. I am not here to be measured; I am here for a massage.
I can hear it in their voice:
Ivy, just do what you always do.
Handing an insurance card to your massage therapist will take away some of the financial stress of paying for the massage, but it will also take away something special about the total relaxation of the massage experience. The part where client walks in and does not need to rate their pain on a scale of one to ten and answer twenty other questions. The part where you, the massage therapist, does not need to worry about pleasing the insurance companies rules during the massage session.
Some clients love the part where they check in their stress at the door, forget the questions, get on the massage table, and let us just do what we are trained to do.
We can easily measure pain reduction, but there are some things about a massage that are immeasurable.
Just some random thoughts for today…
What do you think?