“Why do I need to fill out a client intake form for?”
Massage therapy falls under medical guidelines of the State of Texas. The state requires all medical professionals keep records of all medical paperwork with clients.
The state requires the forms to have the following:
3. Phone number
4. Birth date
5. What massage techniques are being used
6. Medical history
7. Client/therapist release
Client intake forms are necessary for both client and therapist. By filling out the forms this insures your contact information is up-to-date, as well as your medical information. I need to know if you are able to receive a massage with no medical contraindications. It is an required for a new clients to fill out the form. It does not matter if you scheduled a office visit or an out call appointment. I could care less if you are a high profile professional, a celebrity or just an average Joe. (For the love of Pete, fill out the paper work so you can get a massage!)
If your form is not filled out correctly or you refuse to fill out a form, a massage will not take place. Not only could you be placing your health at risk but you are placing my business at risk by not disclosing your medical health. There are many contradictions for massage therapy and can be found here.
Why should you stress over simple paper work that you fill out for another other medical professional? You have to fill out the necessary paperwork for doctors, dentists, nutritionists, chiropractors or any other medical professional. Why should a massage therapist be any different?
I am more than willing to fill out your paperwork for you if you are unable to. Ask and I am more obliged to do so. Sometimes we forget previous medical conditions. I always make notes each session so that is not a issue. Sometimes by touching certain muscles or areas of the body you can remember old injuries and surgeries.
By filling out the form, this helps keep track of your progress and what is required by the state. Just like any medical professional we must keep notes on your session for insurance purposes too. If the state was to audit me I could be fined by not having clients information on file.
For those that would like sessions notes: Session notes are available to both new and old clients. You must put in a request for these notes and I will provide session notes within 24 hours.
Your medical and personal information is protected by HIPPA. You will not be solicited nor will your information be shared or sold. On another note, you will not be contacted unless you have verbally ask edor have written it on your form to be contacted. If you schedule your appointment online or asked to be kept up-to-date on my services, expect a email. You do not want to be contacted by email? Don’t put down your email address on your form. It’s that simple.
If you go to a therapist that does not require you to fill out a form or a release, it’s a pretty good indication that person is not following the law or they are not licensed.
Thank you for understanding.