ARC’s strain/counterstrain has been much more useful to me for relieving severely clenched or damaged tissue than previous treatments at other PT institutions or therapeutic massage; it’s brought me long-term relief. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
Preparing for Your First Visit
What To Wear
You’ll need to expose the body part that is effected (knee, shoulder, back, etc.) Loose fitting apparel such as sweats and t-shirt are ideal, otherwise you may have to use a gown.
What To Expect
Be prepared to undergo a complete physical exam on your first visit. It may take between 45-60 minutes for the entire visit.
Treatments & Terminology
* Asterisked procedures require a high skill level.
*Joint Mobilization – The application of movement and force to a joint for the purpose of increasing motion and range. Can be used to reduce pain. Sometimes discomfort may accompany the procedure.
*Manual Therapy & Strain/Counterstrain – This is a fantastic way to normalize strained and/or painful muscles. The therapist will use their hands to apply pressure and gently stretch the muscles and tissues of your body to promote pain relief and regain normal flexibility.
Soft-Tissue Mobilization – Hands-on mobilization of your soft tissues can accelerate healing and normalize painful areas quickly and comfortably.
Therapeutic Exercises – Strengthening and balancing the muscles around your joints are essential for good movement, stability and pain relief. Physical therapists are the leading experts in helping those with pain, arthritis, obesity, diabetes and heart disease get fit and strong safely.
Payment & Insurance
The office should be open in discussing prices and costs with you. The last thing you want is an unexpected bill later. If you intend to use your insurance, call the number on your card and verify your deductible and coinsurance before your first visit. Absent financial hardship, you will be required to pay these amounts. Even if the therapist offers to discount or waive your fees, state and federal agencies may fine both of you for breaking the law.