These are some frequently asked questions that I would like to address prior to evaluation and treatment. Please feel free to contact me via email with any other questions that you may have.
Frequently asked questions
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring paperwork (two consent forms and one intake form) that you have downloaded and filled out from the website. If you have had any diagnostic imaging done in the form of x-rays or MRIs, please bring a copy of the written reports. In addition, it would be helpful to bring athletic shorts and a sports bra or bathing suit for females and athletic shorts for males. This makes it easier to assess postural deviations. Treatments include hands on techniques in which acess to skin in necessary. Please refrain from using lotions or oils before treatment as it makes it difficult to perform fascial releases.
What can I expect at the first appointment?
The initial evaluation begins with a detailed verbal history of the reason you are attending physical therapy, possible contributing factors both emotionaly and physically that may be contributing to your symptoms, review of diagnostic imaging (x-ray, MRI) and personal goals you have for your healing process. We then proceed to a postural evaluation, movement mechanics, range of motion, strength assessment, special tests and finally treatment. I reserve 90 minutes for evaluation because I want you to experience treatment before you leave. Please hydrate well after the treatment.
How often do I need to schedule treatment?
This is a highly individualized answer based on the chronicity of the problem, the schedule meshing of the therapist and client and a variety of other factors. Ideally, it would be beneficial to see the client at least twice a week for 4-6 weeks. Once a week may be more practicle for other clients. I find that if we do less than once a week, restrictions may resurface. I will work with you to make a schedule that fits for you financially and therapeutically. I will also give you home exercise to continue this work on your own. Self care is the new healthcare!
Do you bill insurance?
Currently, I do not accept inurance plans. I accept cash, credit cards, debit cards and health savings account cards. Under Washington State law, physical therapists have direct access which means that they do not need a doctor's referral to evaluate or treat patients. Often a doctor's prescription is needed for the treatment to be covered by insurance companies. I have opted to work independently of insurance companies which allows me the flexibility to treat the body as a whole instead of only what insurance dictates. Often the SITE of the pain is not the SOURCE of the pain. "Find the pain, look elsewhere for the cause" is a myofascial mantra that is a foundation for this work.
Where can I find more information on Myofascial Release?
You can find more information on John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach by visiting https://www.myofascialrelease.com