Physical Therapy FAQ

What should I bring to my first physical therapy appointment?

The items necessary for the first visit are a prescription from your doctor as well as your insurance card. If you are covered by no fault or workers compensation you will also need to bring a case # and contact information of a case worker.

What should I wear to my first physical therapy visit?

Loose clothing should be worn or brought to your PT appointment to allow access by the physical therapist to the area of complaint.

Will I be responsible for any payment for my treatment?

Insurance plans vary in how much they will want you to be financially responsible for. There is usually a co-pay that you will be required to pay, we will call after your first visit to verify how much that will be.

What will take place during my first visit, and how long should I expect it to take?

The first session will consist of an interview asking questions about the history of your complaint, followed by a physical examination, and then treatment. This will generally be the longest session because there will be paperwork to fill out upon arrival. The sessions will last between 45 and 90 minutes.

How many sessions will I need to come for treatment?

In general this is decided by your doctor and written on the prescription. It can be variable though, sometimes the duration of the prescription is not required for restoration of health, and other times more treatment is necessary. It is a decision that the patient should have a large part in making and can be discussed with the treating therapist. Sometimes the insurance coverage will have a say in how benefits are used.

Myofascial Release FAQ

What should I wear to my first myofascial release visit?

Please wear clothing that allows skin contact. It is appropriate for men to wear shorts and for women to wear shorts and a sports bra.

How does myofascial release work?

MFR was founded on the understanding that we all have the ability to heal ourselves It is primarily “gentle work” that consists of holding tissue in a stretch position for a prolonged period of time. While gentle in nature the work has the ability to yield “powerful results”. The more prepared you are to receive the treatment the better those results will be.

What happens during a myofascial release session?

During the session it will be helpful to shift your awareness from your mind to your body. This “centering” will help quiet your mind and support the flow of healing energy. Centering may consist of focusing on a singular function, like breathing or feeling tension/lack of tension in a particular area of your body. Let yourself go to the best of your ability. When you “take the brakes off” and let go of resistance there is no limit to the power of your being.

What happens after a myofasical release session?

It is important to drink plenty of water in the hours following your session. MFR benefits have the potential to continue well after your session has ended.

Massage Therapy FAQ

What can massage therapy do for me?

Massage assists your circulation, helps to balance the nervous system and in turn aids your immune system. It also addresses specific problems like back spasms, tendonitis, arthritis, chronic headaches, anxiety and more. It increases body awareness and recognizes human touch as an indispensable form of healing. Consequently, massage therapy can be a wonderful ally in attaining a vibrant, healthy lifestyle.

Do I need a prescription?

No, but sometimes a doctor will prescribe a certain type of massage to address specific ailments, like sports injuries, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma or chronic or acute pain, circulatory problems and stress. If that happens, the massage therapist often becomes part of a therapeutic team that could include a physical therapist, chiropractor, or even a psychotherapist, working with the client to achieve a specific goal.

What can I expect from my first session?

First, we’ll work together to assemble a massage plan based on your medical history, ailments, and desired goals. I’ll begin to implement that plan during the first session. When it’s over, most clients usually feel some relief of their problems, and are ready to come back for more. If they do, I carefully monitor their progress and adjust the massage plan accordingly.

How many sessions will I need to relieve my pain?

Every case is different but it commonly takes between1-5 sessions, spread out over 2-5 weeks. In some cases, 2-3 short sessions a week for a few weeks may suffice and sometimes the problem resolves after 1-2 treatments. Massage therapy may also be implemented to help manage certain chronic pain.

How does massage therapy relieve pain and stress?

Massage helps to increase the circulation within muscles that is key to maintaining healthy tissues. Good circulation supplies cells with nutrition, antibodies, hormones and enzymes, along with oxygen for energy production. It also aids the process of elimination of wastes that irritate the tissue. The tissues become pliable, free from pain, spasms, adhesions, and swelling on its way to restoring to its healthy state. Massage also triggers the release of endorphins and reduces the level of stress hormones. It can also slow the heart and breathing rate, aiding organ recuperation and better immune function. Regular massage therapy can establish a balance within the nervous system helping to alleviate nervous conditions like insomnia, irritability and anxiety.

What can I expect from routine visits?

Receiving regular massage is a way of life. It decreases stress, strain and pain and increases relaxation and body awareness, creativity and productivity. It is also a preventative therapy. You don’t have to be in pain or overly stressed to benefit. Our bodies respond best to a rhythm when seeking to engage it into a healing mode. Each mindful massage builds onto the last one on its way to increasing a better quality of life. A rhythm of either 1-2 times per week, or twice a month or monthly are most beneficial. But it’s really up to the client to set his or her own destination, including any self-care activities between massage sessions that support or enhance their goals. For those suffering from anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, depression or those making life-changes, or individuals doing repetitive activities, like musicians and athletes, for example, are especially suited to highly benefit from regular visits.

What can I do before and after a massage to gain the most from a session?

At the beginning of your massage treatment, especially your first session, be prepared to discuss your goals. Once you can establish a high level of commitment to massage, you are well on your way to gaining more than you money’s worth. Leaving your cell phone out of the massage office is a very good start, as quieting the mind and calming the body are a large part of the healing process. Being on time is of great value: Treat your massage session with the reverence you deserve. Abstain from large meals, coffee, alcohol and tobacco, before and after a massage. Also, avoid alcohol, coffee and tobacco for the day. Following up your massage with a good amount of pure water helps detoxify. Keep in mind, aside from the massage routine, it is generally recommended to have 6-8 glasses of water per day.