Physical Therapy without seeing your Doctor first?

Dec9th 2019

Direct Access in Florida: Your right to see the Physical Therapist you want, when you need it most.

A Message From Samantha Ream, Director Of Massage Therapy

Did you know that you may be able to start physical and/or massage therapy without seeing a doctor first?


Think back to the last time you felt great. Really great. The last time you didn’t feel any pain, even when sitting down to relax.

For many of us, we have become so accustomed to these little aches and pains that we forget there was ever a time that they weren’t there.

Those who have turned to physical therapy or massage therapy to break the chains of pain and immobility have discovered improved quality of life and renewed energy levels.

Having a physical or massage therapist as part of your healthcare team can be the difference between living with pain and living without it.

You are the most important member of your health care team and have the freedom to choose the most appropriate provider to meet your goals.

Physical therapists are experts in the way the body moves. They help you maintain mobility and quality of life. They can get you moving and enjoying life again through scientifically-based treatment approaches that focus on reducing pain, restoring function and preventing injury. A physical therapist’s main goal is to help you achieve a healthy, active lifestyle!

In all 50 states, and the District of Colombia, consumers may be allowed access to physical therapy and massage therapy services without a physician’s referral.

In Florida, “direct access” is limited to 30 calendar days. After 30 days, you and your therapist can work together to obtain a signed Plan of Care from an approved healthcare provider, which allows for continued treatment.


Many of the insurance policies allow direct access for physical and/or massage therapy. We would be happy to check your insurance policy to see if you have direct access coverage to physical therapy or massage therapy services. You can email your information to or call our Gainesville location at 352-373-2116 or our Town of Tioga location at 352-692-2131.

Please provide us with the name of your insurance provider, member ID, and your date of birth. We also offer affordable self-pay rates for both physical and massage therapy services.

*Please be mindful, that your insurance policy may require a visit to your physician first.