Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  You said that clothing is worn during treatment – so what should I wear?

A:  First thing – don’t wear jeans, thick/dense fabrics, or ribbed/embroidered tops.  I need to be able to feel through the fabric.  My elbows took a beating when I rolled onto a rivet!  It’s best to wear loose soft fabrics like yoga pants or cotton tops.  Stretchy and loose clothing allows access to skin, fascia, and muscles.   Many people bring clothes to change into as there is a changing area in my office.

Q:  What is Visceral Manipulation?

A:  VM for short, is an advanced form of manual therapy developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral.  Rather than plagiarize the excellent description  please click on this link:  Barral Institute VM

Q: What is Nerve Manipulation?

NM for short, is an advanced form of manual therapy developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral.  French Osteopath Alain Croibier collaborated with Jean-Pierre Barral to develop NM.  Rather than plagiarize the excellent description, please click on  this link:  Barral Institute NM.

Q:  What is PUSH Therapy?  What does PUSH stand for?

A:  PUSH means Power Under Soft Hands.  As a therapy, it is a comprehensive systematic approach for treating chronic pain and tension with the goal of achieving long-term results.  For more details please read “About Push Therapy” at www.PUSHtherapy.com

Q:  What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

A:  LDM focuses on reducing blockages in the lymphatic system.  The Lymphatic System is a complex network of vessels and ducts that run roughly parallel with the blood vessels.  A healthy lymphatic system is critical for good health because the vessels carry white blood cells and remove toxins via filters called Lymph Nodes.  You may have felt swollen lymph nodes in your neck when you have the flu.  Blockages can occur after surgery, tight clothing, restricted fascia, or with lack of movement.  Free flowing lymph depends on muscle contraction, not having it’s own pump (like the heart).  LDM promotes health in the lymphatic system as well as other systems such as the respiratory, endocrine, circulatory, and muscular systems.

Q: What is Myofascial Release?

Also known as MFR, the goal is to release areas where fascia is restricted.  Fascial restrictions limit range of motion, cause pain, and affect posture.  Wikipedia has a good description of fascia and some forms of MFR. I combine active and passive forms of MFR.

Q:  What can I expect during a treatment?  How often should I receive bodywork?

A:  You will have the best results when you can commit to weekly 90 minute treatments for 3 consecutive weeks.  At the end of three weeks, we review your progress.  Everyone is different and will have different issues.  Some people will need to come back the next week, some come back in 2 or 3 weeks.  Our common goals should be to get you to the maintenance phase as soon as possible.

Lymphatic Drainage techniques could be used daily, however, the impact to the liver and kidneys needs to be monitored.   Raindrop Therapy has been used daily in a clinical setting, however, in my practice it is rare to perform sooner than a week apart. Visceral Manipulation treatments are best separated by 3 – 4 weeks giving the body time to integrate the changes.

Q:  I’ll be in town for a multi-day sporting event.  Can you work on me before and during the event?

A:  Yes, definitely!  In fact, it was a multi-day Orienteering meet in 2006 when I realized how effective PUSH Therapy could be in prevention of and recovery from injuries.  Some of my clients book appointments 3-4 days ahead of a big race to ensure they are ready for competition.  When working a multi-day sporting event, I would work lighter than normal, or, if needed, stretch muscles (using PNF techniques) in between PUSH Therapy treatments (aka “sports massage”). Since adding ASEA, myofascial release and active movement, the results last longer.  According to feedback from my clients, their performance has improved.

Q:   What can I expect with your Nutritional Therapy?  Can you help me lose weight?

A:  We start with a phone consultation, to assess if I’m the right person to work with.  And I want to know your issues, and your expectations.  Losing weight or needing to gain weight, are the body’s way of showing us that something is wrong – and often that means nutritional deficiencies caused by poor digestion.  We are out of balance. I know what it’s like to be sick and out of balance.

If we decide to work together, I will email forms and an invitation to take an online questionnaire known as the Nutri-Q.  When you have completed all the paperwork, we’ll schedule an appointment.  I’ll need at least 48 hours to review paperwork, Nutri-Q results and evaluate your priorities.  We can meet in person, or work long-distance via Skype or by phone and email. If your priorities require supplementation, I carry some items, or, if you are out of town, I can order them, and they will be shipped directly to you.  I like to say that I’m not a store, but stock commonly used items for your convenience.

The first appointment will be a minimum of 90 minutes but I allow 2 hours just in case.  Follow-up appointments will be 3-6 weeks apart, depending entirely on your issues.  It is possible that we might check in after a week by phone, just to answer questions.  You can email questions, but if it’s more than 2, we should schedule an appointment.

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