Is MFR safe?
MFR uses your own body's wisdom to self heal and never injures. MFR finds the root cause of problems unlike conventional medicine which uses surgery or medication to treat symptoms. Unless in an emergency, MFR should be tried before surgery. If surgery is necessary, MFR can help ready your body so that your surgery is more successful.
What should I expect at my MFR treatment?
MFR is one on one, individualized care focusing on Manual Therapy and a hands-on approach. The comprehensive evaluation will include the therapist taking a thorough history, structural alignment evaluation, ROM measurements, and a postural evaluation. The therapist will evaluate your body and look for fascial restrictions that are causing compression, pulling or straining. The therapist will apply hands on techniques which provide sustained pressure and stretch combined with movement (unwinding) to "melt" and unravel your myofascial restrictions.
Silence during treatment is encouraged to allow both the therapist and patient to quiet down and use their feeling/intuitive side of the brain to feel the MFR treatment.
To get the most benefit from MFR, the patient must stay aware of emotions (sadness, hapiness, anxiety, fear, anger) and sensations (vibration, heat, cold, pulsing) that are revealed in your body (at or distant to the treatment site) during and after treatment. These emotions and sensations may not have meaning for you when they happen. It is important to continue to feel into your body and stay present with what you are feeling emotionally and physically.
Feedback to the therapist is helpful in guiding her to other connected areas in the body that you are feeling sensation. These connected areas may be the true root of your pain or complaint and need to be treated. This is known as the "fascial voice".
What should I feel after an MFR session?
Often treatments are very relaxing and remarkable improvements are noted during or after treatment. Occasionally people experience mild muscle soreness after treatment. This is a normal treatment response. There may be a temporary increase in pain or symptoms after treatment. This is also a normal treatment response and is known as a "healing crisis". This period is often followed by a significant improvement.
You may also experience pains in new areas, nausea, or emotional changes. These are all normal but temporary reactions to deep and positive changes that take place with fascial releases and your healing process. Please communicate these responses to your therapist.
Increasing your water intake will flush your system and help soreness resolve more quickly.
What should I wear for my MFR session?
Because this is a hands on approach, the therapist will require access to the skin of all areas of your body. Please wear loose shorts or underwear, or a two piece swimming suit or sports bra/tank top for women.
Avoid using lotion on the day of your treatment as this interferes with the friction needed for fascial releases.
Do you accept insurance?
I am currently taking the following insurances: Cigna, BC/BS, Pacificsource. I am out of network for Providence and United Health Care but I will call to see what your benefits would cover. I also take Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance.
I can also provide a detailed superbill receipt of PT services with appropriate codes that patients can submit to their insurance for reimbursement. This is the patients responsibility to research their plan.
Since I am a PT, claims can also be submitted to Flexible Spending Accounts.
Do you require a Doctor's prescription?
The State of Oregon allows PT's to treat without a prescription. However, if I am billing insurance, I prefer to have a prescription.
If you plan to submit the receipt to your insurance for reimbursement, you also may want to get a doctor's prescription first.
How often and how long do I need to come to therapy?
Each person is unique in their healing process. Some factors that may influence how quickly your body responds are: how long your symptoms have been present, how often you attend therapy, and your follow through with your home program. In the beginning, 1-2 times weekly may be recommended to get you feeling better and to get a home program started. I will work with you to customize a program to meet your individual needs.
What days are you open?
To set up an appointment or for more information, please call 503-260-5397.
Please notify me 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged $50 for a missed visit.
If you are running late, your treatment time will be shortened as there may be another patient scheduled immediately following your appointment.
Call us at 503-260-5397