Why Do I Need a prescription (for insurance)?
This is a very common question, so I think I will attempt to answer it here.
In the state of Washington, licensed massage therapists are not allowed to diagnose. When we bill insurance for your massage, one of the pieces of information that we must provide is a diagnostic code (or codes). Since LMTs cannot diagnose, we need to obtain the diagnostic code(s) from another health care provider that can diagnose (such as MDs, DOs, ARNPs, DCs, and there may be one or two others). Therefore, licensed massage therapists require a prescription from your health care provider.