at UTB via
Community Care Program
Unlocking The Body is excited to announce that we have been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a Community Care Provider for Massage Therapy by the VA Office of Community Care in the Puget Sound Region. Community Care Program also provides many other Alternative Therapy Benefits and can be inquired about by the Veteran through their PCP or local VA Office such as; Hypnotherapy, Biofeedback, Relaxation Techniques, Tai Chi, and Native American Healing.
Massage Therapy and care for our Veterans go hand in hand and can help with various physical injuries and other ailing conditions. Chronic pain, sleep disorders, stress related issues, and many other accepted diagnoses are now eligible for a Massage Therapy treatment plan under your VA benefits. Research suggests Massage Therapy can be a viable alternative to treating pain and decreasing pain med usage, potentially helping restore function to diminished activities of daily living thereby increasing quality of life, and may even decrease some symptoms of PTSD.
Steps to Approval:
Step 1: Visit VA PCP
The Veteran will need to visit their VA approved Primary Care Physician to assess if Massage or other Alternative Therapies listed above are Medically Necessary etc.
Step 2: PCP Submits Request to VA
The Primary Care Physician submits a request to the VA Medical Center to establish medical necessity for Massage Therapy. Once the VA facility receives the request they determine the appropriate level of care coordination based on Veteran's needs, preferences, and location. They then develop a care plan and assist in scheduling, navigating, or other follow - up activities.
Step 3: VA Sends Authorization to UTB and We Get You Scheduled!
Once the VA Community Care Center has approved the PCP request an authorization for care will be sent to Unlocking The Body Massage Therapy. We will contact the Veteran to arrange for the initial appointment and subsequent visits.
Jennifer Rowe, one of our founding Therapists at UTB, was the instrumental catalyst in bringing this program to UTB. Her passion for advocating for VA funded alternative methods of care for our military community and veterans, especially Massage Therapy, has been a career long goal and journey for her. An immense amount of navigation, energy, and time has gone into this process by her and we are glad to support and mirror her passion at UTB. If you have any questions both Jennifer Rowe and Kayla Lewis can be a wealth of knowledge in navigating the process to become approved. Do not hesitate to email either by clicking their names above or on their picture from the home page. You may also check out Bio Page's in the Main Menu above to see which Providers are currently contracted to see VA Patients in our Clinic.