Physical Therapy

  • What happens during my first visit?
    • At your first physical therapy visit, your therapist begins by discussing your medical history, your current physical challenges and your goals with physical therapy. Your therapist then performs an objective evaluation to test the nature and intensity of the problem.
    • Your therapist creates a program to address the physical ailments you may be experiencing. He or she develops a treatment plan with your input. The plan will include the number of physical therapy visits you will need per week, the number of weeks you need therapy, and goals at the end of treatment in accordance with your physician’s recommendations.
  • What should I wear?
    • You may want to wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that is evaluated and treated. If you need to be in a patient gown, we will provide one.
  • Why is physical therapy a good choice?
    • More than half of all Americans currently suffer from pain, but many do not know that physical therapy is an effective treatment for not only pain, but also its source.
    • Physical therapy can help treat neuro-musculoskeletal disorders that are often the cause of pain.
  • What happens after I complete my physical therapy?
    • Some patients continue with home exercises. Others may wish to continue with a gym exercise program, and some may return to their normal level of activity after completing their treatment. Our therapists are available to help you make an informed decision about the best plan of action post therapy.

 

Naturopathic Medicine

  • What is naturopathic medicine?
    • Naturopathic medicine is holistic care that connects the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the body to find the root cause of symptoms, and treat your symptoms using natural and safe methods. Naturopathic treatments include botanical medicine, homeopathy, diet and supplements.
  • What kinds of health conditions does naturopathic medicine treat?
    • Naturopathic doctors are trained to diagnose and treat various acute and chronic conditions. They treat each disease individually and create specific plans to meet the needs of the individual patient.
  • What happens during my first visit?
    • Your first visit begins with an in-depth symptom overview, in order for us to understand the external and underlying factors contributing to your symptoms, and to help understand the root cause of your symptoms and concerns.
    • We will formulate a treatment plan.

 

Massage Therapy

  • What happens during my first visit?
    • Your massage therapist asks you a series of general questions to determine what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions to address, and to determine if massage therapy is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist conducts an assessment to evaluate your condition and complaints.
  • What happens during a massage?
    • Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, beginning with broad, flowing strokes that calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body relaxes, pressure is gradually increased to focus on specific areas and relieve muscle tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without excessive friction to the skin. Make yourself comfortable and relax during your massage. Do not hesitate to ask questions or let your therapist know if you feel any discomfort.
  • Is massage an appropriate treatment for everyone?
    • There are several medical conditions that would make a massage inappropriate. It is important that you inform your massage therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking during your first visit. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage therapy prior to your session.
  • What should I wear?
    • For a full body massage, most people undress completely, so you may wear whatever you choose for your arrival. The massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet or blanket at all times, except for the area being treated.

Pilates

  • What is Pilates?
    • Pilates is a system of exercises designed to condition the entire body as well as engage the mind. The Pilates method uses the body as a means of resistance in exercises that aim to build strength and flexibility, with a particular concentration on strengthening the core. While Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously, there are few repetitive movements, preventing any one muscle group from being overworked. After a Pilates session, most people feel invigorated rather than exhausted.
  • What are the benefits of Pilates?
    • With regular Pilates workouts, you can expect to improve strength, flexibility and balance; tone and lengthen muscles without adding bulk; engage the mind and enhance body awareness; condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury; reduce stress and tension; create a stronger and more flexible spine; promote recovery from injury; provide relief from back or joint pain; and improve the way your body looks and feels.
  • Who can benefit from Pilates?
    • Pilates is beneficial for virtually anyone at any age, fitness level and body condition. Because it can be adapted and customized to an individual’s needs, Pilates serves as an effective link between physical therapy and physical conditioning. The ability to create a customized program is one reason why Pilates is effective for so many people.
  • How does Pilates help with physical rehabilitation?
    • Pilates is widely recognized as an effective way to rebuild both function and strength following injury or illness. Its focus on strengthening the core muscle groups, engaging the mind, improving the body’s center of gravity and low-impact movements makes it a good addition to rehabilitation programs. Pilates encourages an understanding of body awareness and alignment.
  • What should I wear?
    • You should wear loose comfortable clothing for Pilates or exercise attire that does not restrict movement. Wear clothing that does not interfere with your concentration or make you feel self conscious. Clean socks are also required at all times. Denim, zippers, belts, etc. are not allowed on equipment.
  • Can I do Pilates if I’m pregnant?
    • Generally, moderate exercise is safe throughout a normal, healthy pregnancy and many gentle Pilates exercises are appropriate. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises can help prepare the body and ease stress during pregnancy. It is required that you discuss this program with your OB/GYN prior to participation.