What to Bring
- Bring your questions and concerns! This will help us better tailor your plan of care.
- Clothing: It’s important to wear loose, or comfortable clothing that will be easy to move around in. This helps us better assess and treat you. Leave the jeans and skirts at home! Ladies or those with long hair: Please remember to bring a hair tie.
- Perfumes/Scents: In order to respect sensitivities of other patients after you, please do not wear any perfumes, colognes, or scented lotions/oils that day until after your appointment.
- Questions about Stretches, Exercises, and Ergonomics: Have you seen our I Move Manifesto? Before you visit, check out this free download, organized by body part, which has free advice and videos on these topics. We don’t often delve into all this on the first visit, but it can be a good resource!
- Doctor’s Prescription for PT: Maryland is a Direct Access State, which means that no doctor referral or prescription is needed to start therapy. However, a prescription may be required by your insurance company if you intend to seek reimbursement from them. In this case, it is your responsibility to obtain this prescription from your doctor. If you have a script/prescription from a doctor, we ask that you provide us with a copy so that we’re on the same page.
What to Expect
What is Manual therapy/osteopathic bodywork like?
We listen to the tissues in the body. That is, we start treatment where the tensions and blockages in our body are the most significant. This is determined with gentle palpation, and not our assumptions of what part of the body might be most “at fault”. Everything inside us is connected, and everything is important. We trust what the body has to say.
Treatment is very gentle, and with minimal force. For many first-timers, it feels like nothing is happening at all. Others may feel significant changes occurring in their body in the moment. Everyone is different!
Often people will feel a bit looser, lighter, or “floppier” following a PT session, although sometimes no immediate effect is felt at all. Osteopathic manual work simply reduces restriction and helps to rebalance systems in the body: it’s a facilitator of our great inner health. In fact, the “treatment” continues for days and weeks following the session as the body integrates the changes from the manual work and continues its healing! Sometimes in the days following a session you may be surprised to feel soreness or discomfort in your body that you wouldn’t expect, especially after receiving gentle bodywork like this. This is a normal phenomenon and should only be temporary. It’s important to give your body grace and allow it time to adjust to the changes from treatment.
Visits and Frequency
- Your Initial Evaluation will be 90 minutes in duration. We will review your paperwork with you, ask more specific questions about your condition, and perform a detailed physical examination. Treatment will also be included on your first day.
- Follow-up visits are approximately 60 minutes long. Everything is on-on-one, in a private treatment room, with the same therapist.
- Frequency and Duration: The most frequently that we typically see patients/clients is once/week. Many people will space out their visits for maintenance as they improve from the initial problem(s). Some folks feel better in 1-2 visits, and others take several months. This depends on your health history, goals, and our findings when we see you.
- This clinic is 100% therapist owned and operated, which currently includes answering and returning phone calls. If you call and do not get an answer, that means I am with a patient. Please leave your name and a message and I will return your call as soon as I can!