If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Healthcare Savings Account (HSA), massage therapy can be a qualified medical expense, as long as a physician recommends it with a written prescription. The IRS states that medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental ailment. Examples of illnesses that qualify include carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, back pain, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and pain management.


Consider massage therapy a necessary component of your health and wellness plan. Speak with your health care plan provider for more information.