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Your First Visit

What can I expect for my first visit?

When you arrive at our clinic, you will be met by a knowledgeable staff member who will introduce you to the clinic and our services. You will be asked to provide a prescription for Physical Therapy services. You will be asked to fill out a medical history form, including past medical conditions and any prescriptions that you are taking. For your own convenience, we have included this in our website so that you can fill it out prior to your visit. Insurance information is also needed to please bring your insurance cards with you. Plan to complete a consent form allowing us to treat you, an an acknowledgement of HIPAA regulations.

At Encompass Therapy, we pride ourselves in providing a welcoming environment for our clients. We allow time to fully listen to your history including all aspects you feel to be important. We discuss your needs and goals, while working with you to determine your unique, individual challenges. We want to make sure that our working partnership provides a good match for what you are looking for.

Your Therapy Assessment and the Development of a Treatment Plan

During your therapy assessment, your therapist will use various techniques to assess movement patterns, structure and posture. We evaluate your daily activities including those performed in work, sleep and play. A full picture of your activities over time, allow us to fully assess any pain you may be experiencing and resultant imbalances in your body.

As we will be performing structural assessment, please bring something to wear that you are comfortable in. Clothing such as shorts and a tank top/ sports bra if you are a female. Standing pictures may be taken with your permission, so that your therapist can evaluate your structure and posture, and progress over time. Your therapist will take the time to discuss any special concerns and answer any questions that you may have regarding either your treatment, schedule or payment options.

Physical Therapy Treatment Sessions

When you return for your first treatment session, your therapist will discuss the customized treatment plan they have developed with you to get your input. We wish to ensure that we are focusing on all of the challenges you wish to address. The initial therapy sessions may involve a gentle, hands-on therapy called Myofascial Release that will focus on releasing restrictions, reducing swelling and increasing mobility. Sessions will progress to include both manual therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. There will be homework – exercises and activities that we expect you to do on your time to maximize results. Those who do their homework diligently, see the most benefit from our treatments.

Goals of Sessions:

As we work with you, we work to promote independence through a comprehensive approach that allows you to take part in life-long wellness. Our approach firs teaches body awareness, creating an understanding of your body that will allow you to be an active participant in your healing We then will work with you to develop strategies designed to restore the balance and function in your body. Ultimately we will then set you on a path to achievement, that will allow you to transition to an independent wellness program that will help prevent future challenges and injuries.

We ask our patients to bring in the forms linked below on their first visit along with their referral and insurance information. If you are unable to bring in the forms, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete them.

Patient info sheet 2014-2

Encompass Therapy consent 2017

HIPAA pg 7 – easy to read

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