We are the Physician's Choice!
We are recognized as a leader in Advanced Medical Massage in Suffolk County, Long Island. Massage therapists recognize us as specialists, due to our ongoing on-site training. This type of work is often the answer regarding Pain, Injury and Disease. We offer Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Massage, Sports Massage and More!
The Advanced Medical Division at Hands On provides the best possible care for patients with chronic pain and understands their need for specialized attention. In our practice we work with people with acute and chronic pain, in addition to anxiety and stress. Our advanced Medical Therapists work with patients that suffer with pain, injury and disease. We specialize in Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release.
We strive to provide the highest quality care and outcome based massage therapy services. We believe you will find that we offer superior care and we understand the importance of keeping the doctor informed of their patient’s care. Evaluation and progress reports will always be sent in a timely manner.
Combining skilled knowledge, sensitivity, and enthusiasm, our Licensed Massage Therapists all have diverse backgrounds and so, we are able to offer a variety of different Massage Therapy modalities such as Trigger Point Therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage, Deep Tissue Massage, Barefoot Deep Tissue Ashiatsu Massage, Swedish Massage Sessions, Myofascial Release, etc., for the entire family. Most often No-Fault Insurance will cover massage. Very often, insurance will as well, especially United HealthCare.
Our reputation has allowed us to grow significantly over the last twelve years thanks to the referrals of family and friends and of course, the referrals that continue to sustain us from the medical community!
Consider our 30 minute BodyFix Sessions for your pain or discomfort! You won’t be disappointed!
Your Personalized Treatment Plan
A personalized treatment plan is designed just for you! Rather than a massage "routine", we determine a personalized treatment plan specifically geared towards your needs. The treatment strategy will take into account your problem area, your general health, your time constraints, affordability and of course, your desired goals. Pain vs. discomfort vs. tightness are all considered. Most No-fault insurance will cover this type of massage work.
We will try to pull together information to create an understanding of why you are experiencing particular symptoms and how massage therapy may or may not help. This is not a diagnosis. It is more like putting a puzzle together. Many variables are taken into account. Some examples would be, the health of the tissue involved, how long this problem has existed, etc.
Massage Therapy has many wonderful general health benefits, but if you have a specific goal, such as symptomatic relief from a health related condition, then this would be the time to find out if massage can help you.
Treatment methods and goals may change. We will re-evaluate your personalized treatment plan as your state of health changes. We may find that with time, fewer sessions are needed, and different methods need to be used, etc. Again, there is no massage "routine".
Many times a Massage Therapy session can be 30 minutes long and involves doing specific, focused work. Very often, a patient will benefit from more frequent sessions, such as two thirty minutes sessions, rather than a single one hour session. Of course, this will depend on the person and the ailment that they are trying to resolve. One-hour sessions can be wonderful, but they are not always necessary in order to meet a specific goal.
A one-hour full body massage can enhance your general health and well being. This is enough time for a deeply relaxing session and possibly enough time to pay special attention to a problem area. One and half-hours will consist of a full body massage and focused work on a particular problem area, as well.
Having a personalized treatment plan will allow you to manage your own health. It will allow you to gain some control over your sense of well being. It will allow a partnership in which we work together toward specific goals and is designed just for you!
We offer 'preventative maintenance' packages.These discounted packages allow you to come in for 'regular tune-ups', instead of waiting for a problem to occur or recur. We encourage you to take good care of your health and we are willing to 'lend a hand', by discounting our rates and therefore, making it more affordable. We encourage you to take advantage of these packages!
Often some of the benefits that you obtain from your session can be applied at home. These benefits may include new breathing techniques, gentle stretches, and different methods you can use to help release tension, whether it is emotional or muscular.
Working "Hand in Hand" With Other Health Care Professionals
Medical professionals are becoming more knowledgeable about the benefits of Massage Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage. Primary Medical Doctors, Internists, Orthopedists, Neurologists, Chiropractors, etc. are prescribing Massage Therapy for treatment of injury, pain and illness. Research has proven that Massage Therapy has been shown to promote healing of all types and therefore, is now earning itself a place in the traditional medical world. Many of these Health Care Providers are encouraging their patients to utilize Massage Therapy as a form of treatment.
We accept most No-Fault Insurance, sometimes referred to Auto Injury Massage. We are a provider for some HMO's. Please contact us to see if we are a provider for your particular HMO. We suggest that you call your insurance carrier to find out if Massage Therapy is a covered benefit when given by a Licensed Massage Therapist. If it is, find out if there are any requirements, such as a prescription. Should you find that Massage Therapy is covered, we will call to confirm it with your carrier. We now offer a NON-PARTICIPATING HMO RATE! In order to qualify, please obtain a prescription from your doctor. It is the same prices as the 6 session package rate, without buying the package. Please call the office for details.
Defining the difference between Medical and Therapeutic Massage Therapy
Very often there can be a fine line between medical and therapeutic massage therapy. For instance, general discomfort in an area usually responds very well to a therapeutic session. If pain or discomfort was due to a tight, over stimulated muscle, you can expect to feel better after the session. Often it is a terrific jumpstart to getting better. However, very often, the muscle and soft tissue need to be re-educated. This will enable them to get and stay better. An example would be a short, contracted muscle being re-taught to stay properly lengthened, thereby allowing proper blood flow, nerve innervations, full range of motion and a decrease in pain or discomfort. Medical geared massage incorporates many of the same techniques as therapeutic massage, along with more advanced modalities. The goal of medical techniques is to produce permanent changes or in some cases, such as paraplegia, to maintain the health of the tissue. We measure the results of medical massage by noting a reduction of pain or discomfort for longer periods of time between sessions. Below you will find a general guideline outlining the major differences between medical and therapeutic massage. However, I strongly recommend asking the advice of your therapist or if you have any reason to believe that medically geared massage would be more beneficial to you than therapeutic massage, please don’t hesitate to arrange for a consultation. A consultation will consist of reviewing your medical history, a hands-on evaluation and a determination as to whether we believe that medical geared massage sessions would be in your best interest. We do not charge for consultations.
Medical Massage Therapy Session
-Treats the muscles, *fascia and **Trigger Points
-Addresses shortened and over- lengthened
-Sedates or stimulates muscles
-Specific, focused work, based on a treatment plan
-Feedback from the client during the session is
-Often, sessions can produce some temporary
30-45 minute sessions.
Each session will generally last longer and longer.
Most often for:
Pain, CT Syndrome, TMJ, Sciatica, Herniated Discs, Scoliosis, Migraines, Muscle Spasms, M.S., Whiplash, Injuries, Chronic muscle tightness/tension, etc.
Therapeutic Massage Therapy Session-Treats the muscles, may affect *fascia and **Trigger Points-Addresses shortened muscles-Sedates muscles and the mind-Most often incorporates a full body session -Feedback is welcome, but not usually necessary -Feels Great!30-60-90 minute sessionsThe length of results will vary
Most often for:
Stress, Discomfort, Insomnia, Depression, Fatigue, High Blood Pressure, Muscle tightness/tension, Asthma, etc.
is a tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a
three-dimensional web from head to foot. Much like a highly fluid,
elastic body stocking, it functions without interruption. Fascia comes
together at the end of muscles to become tendons, which attach to bones.
It has been estimated that if every structure of the body except the
fascia were removed, the body would retain its shape. A malfunction of
one of the body’s systems due to trauma, poor posture, or inflammation
can cause a binding, impinging or adhering of the fascia either to
itself or to another body structure such as a muscle, bone or organ.
This results in an abnormal pressure on any or all of the body’s
components. Binding and restrictions in one area will affect other parts
and areas of the body, similar to pulling on one end of a sweater,
another area will be affected. The treatment used to treat myofascial restrictions is referred to as Myofascial Release.
points are accumulations of waste products around a nerve receptor.
Trigger points form in muscles and/or fascia, which has been overused or
injured. They can present themselves as sharp pain, dull ache,
tingling, pins and needles, etc. Active trigger points are those, which
cause discomfort. Latent trigger points wait silently in the muscle for a
future stress to activate them. It is common to attribute this
discomfort to other conditions. The treatment used to treat trigger
points is referred to as Trigger Point Therapy.
We offer many types of Massage such as:
Prescribed Manual Therapy
Please visit TYPES OF MASSAGE for more information
|Frequently Asked Questions regarding Medical Massage:|
Are massage therapists being accepted on insurance provider panels?
As health plans recognize the efficacy of massage and its value, as well as the competency of massage therapists, the number of therapists on insurance provider panels is rapidly increasing.
How do I determine what type of massage therapy my patients should have and whether they need to see someone who specializes in a particular massage or touch technique?
The best approach is to find a qualified, professional massage therapist who can determine and/or recommend massage appropriate for the situation.
What does a massage therapist do that a physical therapist usually does not?
Massage Therapists focus on the normalization of soft tissues affected by stress, injury, and illness through the use of manual techniques that improve circulation, enhance muscular relaxation, relieve pain, reduce stress or promote health and well being. These techniques may include, but are not limited to soft tissue manipulation, active and passive stretching, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Application of hot and cold therapies is permitted when necessary. Massage Therapy does not consist of strengthening the muscles or exercise. Licensed Massage Therapists do not diagnose, however they may include assessments, such as a range of motion evaluation, in order to monitor changes and or goals. Massage therapists have extensive training specific to their field. Physical therapists have training in basic massage, but not the specialized education of massage therapists.
Does the patient have to completely disrobe?
Some forms of massage may be performed with the patient fully clothed.
Who are massage therapists?
Massage therapists are licensed health professionals who apply a variety of scientifically developed massage techniques to the soft tissue of the body to improve muscle tone and circulation. Massage therapists work to enhance well-being, reduce the physical and mental effects of stress and tension, prevent disease, and restore health.
What techniques do massage therapists use at HOHC and Massage Therapy?
Our Massage therapists use many different massage techniques and methods. These include the following, among others: Medical Massage, Swedish/European Massage, Connective Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Massage (Trigger Points), Myofascial Release and Manual Lymph Drainage.
Is a prescription required?
No, with the exception of No-Fault and Worker's Comp, who require a prescription for billing purposes. However, a script is always helpful, so that we know exactly what you recommend and for which diagnosis. Massage therapists may provide services that lead to improved health and muscle function, but they do not diagnose medical diseases or disorders. They evaluate patients/clients in terms of health and disease in order to know what massage technique should be used and when to make referrals to other health care practitioners.
What credentials do New York licensed massage therapists have?
New York licensed massage therapists have completed a massage training program, including the following: · courses in anatomy, physiology, neurology, myology, pathology, hygiene, first aid, CPR, and infection control procedures · course work, training and practice in the theory and techniques of both oriental and western massage In addition, New York massage therapists have passed a State licensing examination.
What is Manual Lymph Drainage and what is it for?
Manual Lymph Drainage, or MLD, is a medical treatment that stimulates lymphatic activity, aiming to reduce fluid build-up, remove toxins, and strengthen the immune system. Its commonly used to reduce swelling, improve chronic conditions such as chronic pain, and post-operative swelling and bruising. To find out more, view our articles on Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy.
We are proud and thankful to work with so many fine physicians!
Our referrals from other Healthcare Providers have doubled this past year!
We appreciate the trust you have shown in us and will continue to provide your patient's with truly exception care!
The significant impact chronic pain has on 50 million Americans is a concern for all health care providers. Chronic pain sufferers are among the most underserved patients in the United States, further exacerbating this growing public health crisis. This group of patients faces many challenges –appropriate access to care, lack of validation of pain as a significant problem, the invisibility of pain and long-term insurance struggles. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for patients with chronic pain and understand their need for specialized attention. In our practice we work with people with acute and chronic pain, in addition to anxiety and stress.
We strive to provide the highest quality care and outcome based massage therapy services. Our wide spectrum of modalities includes soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, manual lymph drainage and trigger point therapy. We believe you will find that we offer superior care and we understand the importance of keeping the doctor informed of their patient’s care. Evaluation and progress reports will always be sent in a timely manner. Patients will always be referred back to their doctor regarding questions, concerns or additional needs.
We would enjoy the opportunity to join you in serving your patients as a member of their healthcare team. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak with you regarding the needs of your patients. Please contact me at 631.462.4263 to schedule a meeting or request further information.
-Marla Kaplan-Pelle, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphedema / Lymphatic Therapist, Director
Pregnant women are being told that it is illegal to receive a massage!
$25 Body Rubs are people rubbing Varicose Veins!
Inexperienced therapists working for Massage Franchises are be harassed about contraindications and the owners are making decisions, not the therapists!
THESE ARE STORY'S I HAVE HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THE SOURCES!
All right here in Commack!
Please make sure when you send your patient's for Massage, you send them to an established, professional facility!
Most No-Fault Insurance Accepted
Why Refer Patients to Hands on HealthCare?
Initial Evaluation and Progress Reports will always be sent to you in a timely manner; enabling you to keep up to date on your patient's care.
Patients will always be referred back to you regarding their continued care.
You will provide your patients with a full range of therapeutic care by building a relationship with a professional, qualified Massage Therapist.
You will be able to offer your No-Fault and Worker's Compensation another alternative form of pain relief that is usually a covered benefit.
We offer a Non-Participating HMO rate when accompanied by a prescription.
30 minute sessions are more typical than 1 hour sessions-Keeping costs down. (Often equivalent to less than 2 co-pays and yet we often offer so much more than other providers.)
Your patients will know immediately if HOHCMT is helping. They will feel better for longer periods of time between visits, either with a reduction of the amount of pain or less pain for longer periods or even both! It's simple, each session will last longer and longer, that's what re-educating a muscle is all about!
Your patients want Massage Therapy. Refer them to someone you know you can entrust their care to, and who also wants to work together for their mutual benefit.
OUR GOAL IS TO GET PATIENTS IN FOR MEDICAL MASSAGE, GET THEM BETTER AND GET THEM OUT! THIS IS HOW WE BUILT OUR REPUTATION...NO LINGERING, NO EXCESSIVE VISITS!
There is a difference between helping someone FEEL better (sedative massage) and helping them GET better, (re-educating the muscle.) We understand the difference and so will the patients!