What to Expect at Your First Appointment
It’s always useful to know what to expect the first time you come for an appointment with me. The information here will give you a general idea of what we will cover.
Your first appointment with me is always an hour and a half. This is so that we have plenty of time for the initial consultation and postural assessment, with around 50 minutes of treatment time. During the consultation I’ll ask you about why you have come for treatment, what you’re currently experiencing, any accidents or injuries in the past, medical conditions and your expectations for the session.
The conversation is followed by a postural assessment. I will ask you to undress to your underwear, or if you feel more comfortable, loose shorts and for women a sports bra. It’s important to see as much of you as possible to understand what’s happening in your body. I carry out a visual and palpatory assessment in standing and also in lying. Once I can see if your pelvis is balanced and any other areas of restriction I’ll come up with a plan for treatment.
I will discuss my thoughts with you and give you options to choose from. Each treatment plan is tailored to your requirements and desired outcome.
After we agree the treatment plan you can expect around 50 ish minutes of treatment time. At your first appointment this may start with balancing your pelvis to create stability in the body. Depending on what the postural assessment has revealed I will then move to treat other areas of fascial restriction around the body. In addition to myofascial release I might use deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques or rebounding.
My aim during treatment is that you are able to relax and feel in to your body. You may feel sensations as the fascia changes but these are not meant to be uncomfortable. A feeling of a chinese burn, tingling, sensations around the body, rolling waves and stretching are all normal and a sign of fascial restrictions changing.
After the Treatment
Once the treatment has finished it’s likely you’ll have less pain and be able to move better. You may also feel slightly discombobulated as your brain works out what’s different in your body. We’ll discuss what you felt during treatment and any aftercare that will help your condition. We’ll also discuss a treatment plan and I will ask you if you’d like to book another appointment.
You may experience your symptoms or new discomforts in the next few days. Don’t worry, this is normal. Changes can keep taking place in the body for up to 72 hours before getting back to normal. It will most likely take three or four treatments to bring long term relief.