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Questions & Answers

Frequently asked questions:

Q:What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue. The goal is to release restrictions in the facia, facilitating movement and releasing holding and movement patterns that negatively impact your body.

Q:What is Fascia?

Fascia is a supportive connective tissue found throughout our bodies. It is a very densely woven structure that covers and connects to every muscle, bone, and nerve. It surrounds our arteries and veins, in addition to all of our internal organs. Illness or injury can create restrictions in this fascial system that can produce tremendous pressures causing pain and lack of mobility or function. In a normal healthy state, the fascia is related and has the ability to stretch and move without tightness. When physical or emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation occur, the fascia often becomes restricted, exerting excessive pressure that can affect the entire body, causing all types of symptoms and interrupting the balance the body needs to function properly. Fascial restrictions can also affect our flexibility and stability, and our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.

Q:How do you get fascial restrictions?

Fascial restrictions develop through (1) trauma, (2) repetitive motion (3) poor posture over time, (4) surgery and resultant scar tissue. Fascial restrictions can exert force up to 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the body’s sensitive tissues and organs. Since the fascial system runs throughout your entire body, these restrictions can cause pain and compromise any body system

Q:Do you accept insurance reimbursement?

Encompass Therapy accepts many major insurance plans. We bill your insurance company directly. Any co-pays are collected at date of service as directed by your insurance company. If we don’t accept your plan, you may still be eligible to receive reimbursement for services if your policy includes out-of-network physical therapy benefits (call your health plan or plan administrator for benefit details.) Another option for receiving services is to pay privately. Please contact us for specifics.

Q:How long will it take to feel better?

Each person receiving treatment will heal and progress at their own pace. Some patients get relief after their first treatment while it takes a few sessions for others. Results are highly individual based on diagnosis, number of body systems involved, length of time symptoms are present, an individual’s motivation to heal, personal belief system of health and healing, and cultural beliefs.

Q:Will treatment sessions make me sore?

Usually you will feel great after your therapy sessions, especially early-on in treatment. There may be times when your body will respond to treatment with soreness. Our affecting the fascial system causes changes in connective tissue and circulation that may present as soreness initially. The next few sessions facilitate balance and correction of the issue and the soreness resolves. Tell your therapist about sore areas as this is valuable information for subsequent treatments. It tells us where your restrictions are, and where to concentrate for therapeutic focus. We encourage all of our patients to drink water, especially after treatments, to help your body flush out the toxins that have been built up in the tissues over time. This will also help prevent soreness after treatment.

Q:Does Myofascial Release work any diagnosis?

A diagnosis is a label that describes a dysfunction. You are not the diagnosis. You are an individual and that individuality must be respected. The therapeutic benefits of myofascial release techniques are profound. They treat the physical causes of your pain but modifying your daily habits and activities are just as important. Our approach uses myofascial release to alleviate pain and re-align body systems but long lasting results depend on the comprehensive education you will get at our clinic. Your adherence to the program as designed with your physical therapist will ultimately determine the functional outcome of your therapy.

Q:Will I have ‘homework’ to do on my own?

Yes. You will be given an appropriate, individualized self treatment and home exercise program. Your therapist will recommend simple, easy to do self-treatment techniques that will benefit you as you begin your healing journey. Your home program will change over time as you progress. Your program will changes as you do. You will initially address pain, then follow it with postural alignment, and then move into core strength and flexibility. Our ultimate goal is to improve function.

Q:Why are my therapists treating my whole body rather than just specific areas of pain?

Traditional doctors and therapists were taught to try to “fix” symptoms instead of looking for the cause of the problem. They ask where your pain is, and treat that corresponding area. Because the entire body is connected, areas of dysfunction often refer pain elsewhere. If you only address the painful tissue, you may be missing the cause of the problem and therefore limiting the result of the treatment. Short term improvements may be realized, but lasting results are not possible. At Encompass Therapy, we strive to identify the cause of the pain and alleviate the dysfunction. We want you to be benefit from lasting results. Additionally, there is a mind-body connection that must be acknowledged and included in any comprehensive treatment program.