After arriving for your first appointment at Grace Pain Solutions, you will be evaluated. This allows us to determine the best course of Myofascial Physical Therapy for you. Your first treatment will also take place that day. The time for both of these (evaluation and treatment) combined usually lasts an hour and a half. However, you’ll need to arrive at least 15 minutes early in order to have time to complete all of the necessary paperwork. This paperwork will consist of your past medical history, the goals that you’d like to achieve through your therapy and any complaints about the pain as it interferes with your day to day life.
After your first appointment, each subsequent physical therapy session will last between 50 minutes and an hour. At first, it is recommended that you attend 2 to 3 Myofascial Release Physical Therapy sessions a week. This is the best way to achieve pain loss and stop any “holding patterns” that your body may be in. You will be asked to participate in a home exercise program in between sessions in order to keep your fascia from going back to their old formations. Once your pain begins to lessen, the frequency of your treatments can as well. Since everyone’s body responds differently to the physical therapy treatments, the amount of sessions that you need at first may vary.
You will need to wear appropriate clothing to each Myofascial Release Physical Therapy session. The physical therapist performing the treatment will need as much access to your skin as possible, as the treatment involves stretching out your body. It is easier to do this directly on the skin, rather than through baggy layers of clothing. During each treatment, women need to wear shorts and a sports bra or regular bra and men need to wear gym shorts. Make sure that you have these items with you so that you can change into them before your treatment begins.
During your first treatment, you may feel some pain. This has been described by others as good pain, since it means that your fascia is being released and the tension that it previously held is now gone. However, if your pain levels climb to the point that they are unbearable please let your physical therapist know. He or she will have you change positions or will reposition their hands. Relaxation is important and the the therapist will strive to maximize your comfort during your treatment session.
After your treatment, you might feel your pain levels increase slightly. You may also be sore or fatigued, and might feel your thirst levels increase. Make sure to drink plenty of water after your physical therapy treatments, as this helps flush toxins out of your system and rehydrate your fascia. You might need a few additional hours of sleep in order to give your body the time that it needs to rest and heal. It is normal to feel some pain or soreness for 24 to 48 hours after a Myofascial Release Physical Therapy session, although some people feel sore for a bit longer.
It is common for your symptoms to increase as your therapy begins to progress. This is referred to as “the healing crisis” by physical therapists, and is completely normal. In fact, you might feel worse before you begin to feel better. Your fascial system is built like an onion, and is full of layers. Each layer needs to be released before the pain finally goes away. This is why you’ll need more than one treatment, and why your pain might intensify before you feel any improvement.
One thing that you do need to watch for is new pain in other areas of your body. At first your Myofascial Release Physical Therapy treatments will focus on specific areas, especially those that cause your present pain symptoms. For example, if your pain is in your shoulders, your treatments will focus on the fascia surrounding them. But, if you begin to feel pain elsewhere – in your legs, for example – you will need to tell your physical therapist. While this is a sign that you’re improving, it can also be one that you need treatments elsewhere on your body.
It is very important to be an active participant in your Myofascial Release Physical Therapy treatments. This means that you need to set aside the time in your busy schedule for both your treatments and the physical therapy routines (stretching and light exercise) that you’ll have to complete between treatments. We will provide you with all of the tools that you’ll need to decrease your pain levels. It is up to you to make sure that your recovery takes place!