Personal Injury and L&I

Vela Bodywork currently accepts PIP (Personal Injury Protection) patients for Motor Vehicle Collisions and L&I for work related injury.

Vela Bodywork does not currently accept private insurance. Superbills available upon request.


Whiplash and Motor Vehicle Collisions

Whiplash is defined as acceleration-deceleration of the head and neck relative to the body, usually resulting from vehicular collision. It can result in a cervical (neck) or thoracic (torso) sprain or strain, and can cause headaches, dizziness, TMJ disorders, as well as a host of other symptoms such as shoulder and back pain. The direction of impact affects the structures that are affected.

What You Should Do If You Are Involved in a Motor Vehicle Collision

  1. See a doctor to assess the damage and course of treatment. (this often includes physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and acupuncture)

  2. See a lawyer to assure you have representation through the process.

  3. Receive treatment for your injuries until you are well again; make sure to bring your prescription for massage on your first appointment.

People who are injured in car collisions due to the negligence of someone else have a Personal Injury Claim. This allows injured victims to receive treatment and help compensate them for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The results of whiplash often manifest immediately after the injury, but it is also possible for symptoms to appear days or weeks after the injury. The victim can be irritable, depressed and nervous, suffer headaches, numbness and aching.

It is very important to receive timely treatment if you are injured. If gone untreated, strained muscles, sprained ligaments, vertebrae that have been knocked out of alignment, and scar tissue that has not aligned properly, will inhibit your range of movement and cause problems in the future.

Please see Stages of Healing (provide link) to learn more about the importance of healthy scar tissue formation.


Vela Bodywork Addresses:

  • Whiplash

  •  Low-back pain

  • Headaches

  • Neck injuries

  • Shoulder injuries

  • Cervical sprain/strain

  • Thoracic sprain/strain

  • Lumbar sprain/strain


Financial Responsibility

When you’ve been injured in an accident, you should be focusing on recovery. Vela Bodywork provides direct billing as a courtesy. We do not guarantee payment by filing insurance claims on your behalf. Insurance is an agreement between you and your insurance company. The financial responsibility for your massage sessions is yours. Coverage eligibility for medical massage should be verified by you prior to receiving services.

In order for us to complete the insurance process and file your claim, the following information is required before your first medical massage session.

  • Completion of our Injury Intake form

  • Insurance Companies Name, Billing Address & Phone Number

  • Claim Number & Policy Number

  • Referral from Your Physician or Prescription for Massage Therapy

  • Diagnosis Code

  • Date of Injury

This information must be presented prior to your first massage appointment. Vela Bodywork does not accept third party claims.


Labor and Industries (L&I)

Workplace injuries are covered through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, not your health insurance. If you have been injured on the job, then medically necessary massage will usually be covered with a doctor’s prescription.