Time for more hands-on management of massage therapy benefits?
Most people agree massage offers some therapeutic benefits, such as reduction of muscle tension and pain related to soft tissue strains and injuries. Studies have also shown it’s helpful in treating symptoms related to anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches and several other conditions. For plan sponsors, it wasn’t that long ago that massage therapy represented about 15 to 20 per cent of extended health plan costs, well behind prescription drug coverage. Now, it isn’t unusual for these costs to exceed drug costs and, under most plans, it’s the highest used service and represents the fastest growing cost.
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Article by Kenneth MacDonald, manager of small- and mid-sized business, Morneau Shepell.