Please read through these frequently asked questions to make sure you know what to expect and how to prepare for your treatment.
Q: What kind of appointment should I schedule?
The Rolf Structural Integration – Myofascial Therapy
sessions are one hour long. These sessions are much different than massage or deep tissue massage. The focus is much more on joint alignment than muscles. This is accomplished through manipulation of the fascia. It is highly skilled and unique work that requires a significant investment of time and money to receive the training… more than most therapists are willing to invest. It also requires a lot of physical effort as the pressure required is slow, deep and sustained. There are very few people trained in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration. It is the source from which all myofascial therapies have evolved. You will experience nothing like it unless you visit a formally trained, certified Professional Structural Integrator.
- Sports Acupuncture Initial Evaluation
is necessary prior to receiving any acupuncture treatments and is a full hour. During this evaluation, extensive palpation will be performed, along with testing of the muscles and joints. There will also be inquiry into the patients health history and investigation into the cause of pain. A treatment is also included with the evaluation and may include acupuncture, guasha (graston/IASTM), cupping, e-stim, and myofascial therapy.
treatments are based off the findings in the Initial Evaluation and are modified as the healing process takes place. Much like the Initial Evaluation these sessions may include may include acupuncture, guasha (graston/IASTM), cupping, e-stim, and myofascial therapy.
Q: How often should I plan on being treated with acupuncture?
A: “Let me explain to you how acupuncture works. Acupuncture works in a series of treatments. You can never have acupuncture treatments too close together, but you can have them too far apart. It works cumulatively and we want to continue building on your progress.”
“If we treat you today, but then before your next appointment a week later your symptoms slowly start to creep back in so by the time we treat you again we’re at square one, then we went too far between the first appointments. We’ll be stuck in this see-saw of your symptoms improving, then getting worse, then improving, and getting worse. We don’t want this, we want your symptoms to slowly improve, and improve, and improve.”
“In order to accomplish this, I’ll need to see you twice a week for the first 1-2 weeks. After that as long as your symptoms are improving and staying at that level of improvement between appointments, then we’ll back off to once per week. As long as your symptoms continue to stay stable between appointments we’ll keep treating you once per week, but if they start to creep back in during that week then I want you to contact me and we’ll get you in the office ASAP for an appointment so we don’t lose ground on all of our progress.”
“Once the symptoms are basically gone, then we’ll go into tune up mode where I have my patient come in every 2-3 weeks to check in and I have all of my patients come in at least once per month for their tune up treatment.”
Q: How long is the first appointment?
A: The first appointment will be an hour. I will be checking the overall state of your health and investigate your main complaint. A treatment strategy will be devised and then, I will perform the treatment. Lastly, I will make recommendations on any further treatments you might need.
Q: Who performs my treatment?
A: Todd Fluck will be performing your treatment. You can read more about him here.
Q: Why is visiting the acupuncturist so important?
A: Visiting the acupuncturist on a regular, monthly basis will not only help keep your physical health intact, it will also help keep your mind and emotions healthy.
Acupuncture care is important because it:
- Supports wellness, enhances mood and serves as preventative medicine for the mind and body.
- Helps to regulate and support normal body rhythms, cycles, and functions.
- Strengthens the immune system which means less down time with colds and the flu.
- Decreases chronic pain by normalizing pain signals and reducing inflammation.
- Enhances sleep quality which is the most important aspect of health and wellness.
- Improves digestion, reduces reflux, regulates elimination.
Q: I feel fine; do I still need to see an acupuncturist?
A: The body is always fighting to stay in equilibrium. Acupuncture helps the body to maintain this state of balance. It’s easier and more comfortable to maintain health than to try to rehabilitate injury and sickness. Monthly or bimonthly wellness visits are recommended for maintaining optimum health. This is especially important if you are stressed, not sleeping well, aren’t eating right, or exercising adequately.
Q: How can I take care of myself in between acupuncture visits?
- Strive for 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Eat a well-balanced diet of whole foods, fruits, veges and as little processed food as possible.
- Avoid sugary drinks, alcoholic beverages, foods and cigarettes as much as possible. These harm the overall health and immunity of your body.
- Exercise everyday. Make sure you recover between activities if you exercise intensely.
- Monitor your “self-talk”. Make sure your thoughts are healthy and positive.
- Get plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
- Adopt a restorative practice like yoga, meditation, or mindfulness.
Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: As a rule, no… acupuncture does not hurt. Occasionally, there may be transient sensations of discomfort. Most discomfort passes in a matter of seconds. If there is any pain that does not pass quickly, tell the acupuncturist and they will adjust or remove the needles as necessary.
Q: How long do the treatments last?
A: The Initial visit will be a solid hour. Follow up visits range from 40-50 minutes depending on how long you wish to relax with the acupuncture treatment. Typically it takes about 10-20 minutes to treat the points and then most people relax for 20-30 minutes afterwards. Often, some additional therapies like myofascial therapy, cupping or guasha will be performed afterwards.