1. Do you accept insurance?
We are an out of network provider and we accept payment from the client at the time of service. You will be responsible for payments. Depending upon your insurance plan, you may have benefits for out of network physical therapy services. You will need to contact your insurance company to determine your policy benefits. We will supply superbills and any treatment related documentation that is ready for you to submit to your insurance company.
2. What is the cost of the initial evaluation?
The initial evaluation and treatment is an hour and a half in length and costs $175.00.
3. What is the cost of a visit or treatment?
Subsequent visits are usually 1-hour in length and cost $130.00.
4. What should I wear to the treatment?
Fascial release is performed directly on the skin so it is preferred that you are suitably dressed. A tank top and shorts are typical.
5. How many treatments will I need?
Everyone is different and responses to treatment are individual in nature. In most cases you will begin to see progress toward your goals within the first few visits. The frequency and duration of treatment will be decided by you and your therapist depending upon your individual goals.
6. What is your cancellation policy?
Your treatment time is set aside and tailored especially to meet your needs. Please be on time, arriving a few minutes prior to your scheduled visit. Since we do not double book our clients, we request that you extend a courteous 24-hour cancellation notice to change or cancel any appointment. If less than a 24 hour notice is given, the full session fee will apply. A 48-hour cancellation notice is required for all first time patients.
7. Do I need a prescription for physical therapy?
No, not necessarily. In the state of Virginia, it is legal to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist for 30 days without a prescription. After this period is up, you will need a prescription from a physician or nurse practitioner. If you are submitting for insurance reimbursement, it is best to obtain a prescription prior to the onset of treatment since most insurance companies require one.
8. What can I expect during my treatment session?
Your treatment session will include manual therapy, patient education, review of your HEP (Home Exercise Program) and review of your plan of care/progress.
1. What is the fascia and why does it become restricted?
The fascia is a three dimensional network of collagen and elastic fibers (connective tissue) infused with a gel-like liquid called the ground substance. It is a continuous network that surrounds and interconnects with every muscle, blood vessel, nerve, and organ of your body.
Through trauma, surgical scarring, repetitive movement, or poor posture habits, the fascia can become restricted creating a “sweater pull” effect on distant regions of the body. When restricted, it is capable of exerting pressure of up to 2,000 lbs. per square inch on pain sensitive structures. The body loses its ability to remain balanced and compensation patterns begin to emerge. The body can compensate for a period but eventually it will begin to manifest symptoms.
2. What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release or MFR™ as developed and taught by John F. Barnes, is a full body, hands on approach that releases restrictions in the fascial system. It is a firm, but gentle form of sustained stretching placed into the fascial restrictions that releases the body of its habitual holding patterns and allows for a return to balance.
The therapist uses “skin-to-skin” contact to engage the fascia without sliding on the skin. Once the barrier of restriction is felt by the therapist, he or she gently but firmly holds into the barrier until a release and movement into the next barrier is felt. This continues until each layer of the restriction is released. It requires a very sensitive touch by the therapist and is enhanced by a quiet and relaxed treatment atmosphere in which the patient is able to fully engage in what he or she is feeling.
3. Why is Myofascial Release or MFR™ so effective
It is effective because it addresses a whole body system that has been ignored. Fascial restrictions do not show up on any current medical tests such as MRI, CT scan, X-ray, etc. MFR™ treats the whole person not just the symptoms. Once the restrictions are eliminated, the body can do what it does naturally; heal itself and restore balance. Myofascial Release often helps when everything else has failed.
When traditional physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, surgical procedures, massage therapy, acupuncture, or any other modality has not been effective in eliminating symptoms, Myofascial Release with intensive treatment, can often produce symptom reduction and changes in function in a relatively short period of time.