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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is widely recognized as a beneficial adjunct to Physical Therapy. As a modality, it involves hands-on manipulation of soft tissue which promotes healing, enhances muscle release, improves local circulation, and reduces stress. Addressing these factors along with your Physical Therapy program may help your body to rehab more efficiently, alleviate pain, and promote general well-being. As a non-invasive treatment, massage therapy can be an alternative to pharmacologic pain relief, and can help you to improve function and better execute your exercises.

At SPEAR Physical Therapy, our Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT’s) work closely with your Physical Therapist to ensure optimal treatment. Our massage therapists are trained in a variety of techniques and orthopedic conditions.

Who Can Benefit from Massage Therapy?

Studies show that massage therapy integrated into physical therapy treatment can effectively regulate inflammation that follows intense PT exercise, and also promote faster healing. While most physical therapy patients can benefit from some form of massage, we find that it is particularly useful to treat the following conditions:

  • Chronic low back pain
  • To reduce pain intensity/severity and anxiety in patients undergoing surgery
  • To protect from illness/boost immunity 

How Does SPEAR Massage Therapy Work?

A medical massage differs from a therapeutic massage (i.e. one you get at your local spa) as it does not necessarily focus on relieving tension or stress from the body, but is instead used for patients who are recovering from injuries or surgical procedures.

The Licensed Massage Therapists at SPEAR administer a range of medical massage techniques including:

  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Connective tissue massage
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Neuro-fascial massage
  • Stretching and positional release techniques
  • Reflex techniques
  • Trigger point therapies

The exact combination of therapies will depend on your individual needs. You may also be given a series of self-massage techniques to do on your own to continue your recovery at home.

What Does Massage Therapy Cost in NYC?

If deemed medically necessary, most insurance policies cover a 30- or 60-minute visit, which is then billed through your insurance. There is also an option to access SPEAR massage services independently at Self-Pay rates:

  • $120 one-hour session
  • $60 30-minute session


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