Why choose massage services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?
Live well and flourish with safe and licensed massage therapy at The Ohio State University Integrative Medicine Clinic.
It is rare to find massage therapists working alongside medical doctors and other health professionals in a multi-practice setting. We have created this environment to make it even easier for doctors and health professionals to work together for your personalized care.
Our therapists are all certified and credentialed to provide the best available therapeutic massage. They also have specific experience working with medically fragile patients for the best complementary treatment.
At Ohio State’s Integrative Medicine Clinic, you have:
- The convenient and comprehensive care you deserve in one location
- Access to other health services in the same location, including chiropractic, acupuncture, general medicine,
- The highest quality massage therapists who educate patients about their treatment, conduct research to better understand the benefits and risks for patients with specific conditions, and engage with community practitioners to enhance their quality of service
- Access to classes in yoga, tai chi, stress-reduction, and more
- Free and convenient parking
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
According to the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, massage therapy relieves pain and stress, reduces anxiety and depression and promotes relaxation and well-being.
Massage therapy may relieve common symptoms including:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Back pain
- Muscle aches
- Muscle tightness
- Neck pain
Additionally, massage can complement other treatments, by reducing pain and depressed mood in cancer patients, improving weight gain and development in premature infants and more.
Our licensed massage therapists use a variety of techniques to create a custom treatment plan.
- Active release
- Deep tissue
- Myofascial release
- Range of motion
- Swedish massage flushing
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to remove my clothes?
No, you do not need to remove any clothes. Like chair massages in the airport or mall, massage therapy does not always require bare skin. Your massage therapist will work with to maximize your comfort.
- I feel uncomfortable when I lay flat on my back or stomach. Can I still get a massage?
Yes, your massage therapist can keep you comfortable with pillows and bolsters or give you a massage while you are seated or lying on your side.
- How do I ask my doctor or nurse practitioner to recommend massage?
Just ask! You could say, “I would like to try massage therapy to complement my care. That may reduce my pain, help me sleep better, help me recover more quickly, use less medication, improve my quality of life, etc. Will you please write a prescription for therapeutic massage with the reason for it, so my insurance will cover it?”
- What are the side effects to massage therapy?
Massage is extremely safe when done by an experienced, licensed therapist. Side effects can include mild sleepiness.
Will insurance cover therapeutic massage?
More and more health plans are paying for therapeutic massage when it is recommended by your doctor or nurse practitioner. For example, the Ohio State University employee health plan covers credentialed massage therapists’ fees with a $20 copay per visit.
See the Clinicians page for a list of our licensed massage therapists and call 614-293-9777 to schedule an appointment.