Make an appointment with Integra Therapy and at your first consultation we’ll:
• record a subjective report of the problem
• agree the main objectives for treatment after discussion
• establish an understanding of the treatment approach and progression.
The initial consultation will also often include some manual therapeutic work, depending on your immediate needs.
Your physical examination will include, as appropriate:
• observation with analysis of static and dynamic postures (parameters)
• functional movements (which may reproduce symptoms)
• postural assessment
• gait analysis.
So as you prepare to come to your first session, remember to wear suitable, loose clothing – especially around the area of the body that is the focus of the session. Where neck or back issues are examined, you may be required to undress to your underwear.
Integra Therapy has a select range of powerful treatment approaches that can help you with your condition. So your session may include a mixture of:
• Fascial Release techniques
• postural advice
• breathing and felt-awareness guidance
• ergonomic advice
• a bespoke exercise programme for the specific stage in the healing process.
The way an injury presents is as unique as each individual and their own structural and adaptive patterns. So we’ll always look to apply these techniques with sensitivity to your specific needs, and without being prescriptive to a particular set of ordered strokes or manoeuvres.
There are a range of manoeuvres that can be applied to your body. Gentle pressure. Shaking. Tapping. Lifting of a limb. Strong pressure. Stroking. Generalised or point specific pressure. Joint distraction. Or compression. Any of these can be used to facilitate a release in the local and global soft tissue system.
As your tissues begin to reorganise, you may experience a ‘rising and falling’ away of sensations, as well as other sensations local to or remote from the problem area. Often, clients sense their body relaxing deeply and are aware of the tissues shifting and realigning themselves. Either of these experiences during the treatment are a ‘normal’ response to this kind of releasing technique. But you may of course not experience any sensations at all, which is also normal.
One more thing: you may experience some momentary discomfort as the Fascial technique is applied. This is not intentional, nor essential for the progression or outcome of the treatment. It is sometimes, however, a given response, depending on your pain experience. So be assured that given our experience treating such conditions, we’ll be working with you to keep any such discomfort to an absolute minimum.