Health Savings Account funds CAN be used to pay for a massage, but there is a small catch. Per the IRS, a massage can only be paid for using your HSA if the treatment was recommended by a physician to treat a specific injury or to prevent physical or mental ailments. Examples of illnesses that qualify include carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, back pain, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and pain management. At your next visit, ask your physician to provide the following three pieces of information on the prescription: Medical necessity: why you need massage therapy (example: to relieve back pain, reduce high blood pressure, improve sleep, reduce anxiety) Frequency: number of sessions per month (example: minimum of two sessions per month) Duration: length of treatment (example: 12 months) Provide a copy of your prescription to your massage therapist and keep the original for your records, it's that simple. To ensure your records are whole, you must also document each visit with a receipt that includes the date of service, the services rendered or product purchased and the person for whom the services were rendered and the amount charged. You can now pay for a massage using your HSA pre-tax savings funds. Unfortunately, you are not able to include tips, pay for multiple visits upfront, or use the funds to improve your overall general health. Also, with a letter of medical necessity from a doctor, expenses like gym memberships or even a mattress can be recommended to treat a specific medical condition and would be considered a qualified medical expense. If you have specific questions about taxes, HSAs, FSAs, and what qualified medical expenses are covered, please refer to the IRS guidelines at www.IRS.gov, your tax advisor, or health insurance provider. Take control of your health and your budget with HSA and massage.
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You may hear the word "fascia" talked about in the realm of sports medicine and massage. You may have also heard of myofascial pain or a plantar fascia. Fascia is largely understudied but one of the most important organs in our body.
Fascia is essentially the gluey, wet, fibrous layer that covers your entire body and keeps things (organs, muscles, nerves, veins) where they need to be. It helps with your stability and movement. It is critical when recovering from an injury. From the second we are formed, it plays a very important role in our lives.
So what happens when your fascia is forced to work improperly? Pain. More specifically you'll start to feel stiff. This is a sign that your fascia is toughen up to support a lack of movement, injury, or a bad postural alignment. Once it builds up to support this new position or injury, is when it directly affects you.
How can you keep your fascia healthy?
Drink water, lots and lots of water. The primal piece of the fascia layer, is 70% water based. Staying hydrated will help the fascia move and adapt to you AND go back to place when you're done.
Massage. Massage will work to help you fascia release in spots where it's built up. It will also get blood flow to this layer allowing it to move and correct itself where needed.
MOVE! If you sit all day or find yourself stationary, get up and take a lap. The longer you stay in one position, the more likely it is for your body to tell the fascia to build up and support this new position.
It's almost time to celebrate Mother's Day! There's no better way to say thank-you than with the gift of relaxation. We tailor our massages to meet any needs.
Native Touch is offering a special Mother's Day Massage deal:
Buy (1) 1 hour massage and the second 50% off
Buy (2) 1 hour massages and get the third FREE
To take advantage of these specials, give us a call or message us!