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Massage Therapy

Not Covered by Medicare


Massage is the manipulation of the body’s skin, muscles, and soft tissues to promote health and relaxation. Massages are performed by trained and certified massage therapists.

Massage is one of the oldest forms of healing that has been practiced for centuries. There are different types of massage, such as Swedish, hot stone, sports, trigger point, and deep tissue. Massage therapy can help with many conditions, such as circulation, stress, stomach conditions, heart health, and muscle injury.

Medicare does not cover massage therapy, as it is considered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Medicare does cover physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services if they are deemed medically necessary.

Medicare Part B will also cover chiropractic services only if they are deemed medically necessary and used to correct a subluxation of the spine.


You will be responsible for all of the costs associated with massage therapy. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, it might offer more benefits. Check with your individual plan.

You may be able to pay for massage therapy through your MSA, HSA, or FSA account. Check with your employer to find out more.

What to Know

Massage therapy help with many ailments, including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Digestive issues
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer pain
  • Muscle pain and injury

Medicare By State

Medicare is regulated by the federal government. However, private insurance companies are allowed to offer various parts of Medicare, and these plans can differ from state to state.

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