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How long do appointments last?
In order to be thorough, a suggested minimum amount of time devoted to an initial visit is 90 minutes, and follow up visits 60 minutes. This allows enough time to assess your initial concerns and to be able to deeply listen to what your needs may be.
If you want to have longer sessions, that is both possible and beneficial. When the body gets into healing mode and more time is spent on the processes, healing tends to happen faster.
How frequently should I get treated?
Most people get better faster initially with more frequent treatment and then increasing time between treatments and transitioning to more self-management of their symptoms. Sometimes all you need is a “tune up”. Everyone is different and each situation unique. A combination of classes and one-to-one sessions are a great way to transition to self- care and to enjoy the benefits of group learning dynamics.
How do I make an appointment?
You can initiate an appointment either by calling Replenish Wellbeing at 612-724-8274. or using the contact me form on the website. It is helpful to list dates and times that are convenient for you to get treated.
Can I use my insurance?
We accept cash, check, and credit card payments due in full at the time of service. Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Acounts can also be used. We do not bill insurance companies directly but can give copies of necessary forms if patients wish to submit directly to their health insurance for re-imbursement. We are unable to bill for Medicare services, but we can however, provide Wellness services to Medicare and Medicaid member, as they would not otherwise be covered by your insurance. We do not file claims directly with your Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance or Workman’s’ Compensation Insurance, and we suggest contacting your case manager for further details.
You can contact your insurance company and they will assist you in determining what is required in order for you to get reimbursed for out of pocket payments. Good questions to ask include:
- Do I need a physician’s referral?
- Do I have a deductible?
- Do I have a co-payment?
- Is there a unit limit per visit? A “unit” is a 15 minute block of time in fee for service billing for physical therapy. Some insurance companies limit the number of units reimbursed per visit. This may influence how much time you schedule for each visit.
- Do I have a limited number of visits per year or per lifetime?
- How long does it take to get reimbursed by my insurance company?
- Is there anything else that I should know about getting out of pocket expenses reimbursed?
What is the value in paying for treatment?
- Most PT appointments are 20-30 minutes in length. The time spent with me will be whatever you schedule and is generally at least a full hour, so the treatment time is 2-3 times what a typical PT appointment would be. This means more time addressing your needs while using fewer allowable visits.
- Insurance Companies dictate how may visits you are able to have in a calendar year. It also requires certain metrics that must be met in order for them to pay for your care. What metrics can you give for happiness or feeling better?
- Most appointment co-payments are $30-50, so you would be pay $60-150 in co-payments in other clinics for the same amount of time devoted to your care in one visit.
- Many insurance plans reimburse 60-80% of out of network costs, so out of pocket expenses are minimal.
How much do you charge for treatment?
Fee for service, or out of network session fees are $130 per hour or $35 per 15 minutes. A New Client Evaluations of 90 minutes is $165.00 Payment is due at time of service and is payable by cash, check, or using your credit card or HSA card.
What if I don’t get better?
Healing is a process. Most clients start to feel noticeably better in six to eight visits. I offer classes to enhance your options for healing and you may find that working in a like-minded community helps you to transform your life in new and un-expected ways. Healing is a process that is unique to you.
I want to give personal thanks and credit for some of the amazing photos inside this website and the cover Photo- to Brian Luke Seaward. He was instrumental in helping me to change my practice to a Holistic Stress management focus. His training and mentoring has enabled me to live in my own personal bliss by doing the work that I love. Please visit his website at: www.brianlukeseaward.com
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Biofeedback: A technique by which information that is normally and unconscious physiological process is presented to the patient and the therapist as a visual, auditory or tactile signal.
Board-certified: A practitioner who has completed medical school, residency, specialty training and passes an exam given by a governing board. A physician who has completed medical school, residency, specialty training and passes an exam given by a medical board.
Chronic Pelvic Pain: Any type of pelvic pain that has lasted six months or longer,lacks apparent physical cause sufficient to explain the pain and is accompanied by significantly altered physical activity
Cleansing Flow Practitioner™: A new alternative energy healing modality that is specifically designed to target Fibromyalgia and may have application to other autoimmune diseases
Congenital: Closely related to heredity, this is related to a condition that has been present since birth.
Corticosteroid: A localized injection of cortisone and a steroid that can be used in a variety of areas including hand, foot, shoulder, knee and others. It provides short-term pain relief.
Compression: Applying pressure.
CranioSacral therapy: Gentle pressure techniques used to enhance the body’s self correcting ability to restore normal rate, amplitude and quality of the Craniosacral system.
Degeneration: Slow wearing down of tissues and/or structures that result in reduced functionality.
Dyspareunia: Pain with initial penetration, deep penetration, thrusting, and lack of lubrication; may be due to superficial scarring, adhesions, skin irritation, or muscle tenderness.
Endometriosis: A medical condition wherein tissue similar to uterine tissue is found outside the uterus (ovaries, fallopian tubes). Menstrual endometrium regurgitates from the uterus, through the fallopian tubes, and into the pelvis and peritoneal cavity. The tissue can also be found in scars (c-sec, laparoscopy) and on the bladder, bowel, intestines, colon, appendix, and rectum. Rarely, it is found inside the vagina, bladder, or on the skin. There isn’t any known cause of endometriosis, however, it is believed that estrogen exacerbates the condition and regulation of estrogen production is the medical option for endometriosis treatment. The chief complaint is commonly dysmenorrheal/pelvic pain, which is often debilitating. Other symptoms include dyspareunia, fatigue, painful urination, painful bowel movements, and other gastrointestinal problems such as bloating and abdominal cramps. Diagnosis of endometriosis is through laparoscopy.
Fibromyalgia: A condition characterized by widespread pain over time with the presence of 11 out 18 tender points at specific sites on the body. Often accompanied by fatigue, morning stiffness, and a sleep disorder.
Healing Touch: An energy-based approach to health and healing. It is based on the belief that each person has a dynamic, subtle energy field around the body that can be influenced to promote health and healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The Healing Touch practitioner uses touch and hand motions above the body to influence the flow of energy in and around the body.
HeartMath® Modality: A biofeedback modality using the em-Wave PC system that is based on over 15 years of scientific research on psycho physiology of stress, emotions, and the interactions between the heart and brain. The Modality is used to reduce stress, improve performance and experience a more balanced life. It helps to cultivate a deep sense of inner calm and a life filled with increased energy and confidence and overall wellness.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy: Is a hands-on method Using exacting anatomical science and distinctive manual processes, LDT enables practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess overall circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results can be:
- Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
- Detoxification of the body
- Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
- Anti-aging effects
- Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
- Relief of chronic pain
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
- Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging is a procedure where digital images are produced of internal tissue as radio waves pass through a magnetic field. MRIs are used for the purpose of diagnosing conditions.
Myofascial Release therapy: Skeletal structure and associated muscles are dually involved in a condition or assessment. The word neurological means something that is related to the nerves or the nervous system of the human body. It is the medical science which pertains to the nervous system and the disorders which affect the nervous system. The nervous system is the system which oversees and controls the overall functions of the body. It is related primarily to the functioning of the brain, the spinal column, the peripheral nervous system, the tissues of the nervous system and the blood vessels that constitute the nervous system.
Neuroplasticity: The ability of neurons to alter their wiring structure or the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity enables the body to compensate for injury, disease, and to adjust neural activity in response to new situations or environmental changes. While neuroplasticity can be a beneficial phenomenon, neuroplasticity, is thought to be a primary source of chronic pain.
Orthotist: A specialist in the selection and fitting of supports, such as braces or splints, that helps control movement, allows for proper alignment and provides cushion or support.
Pelvic Floor Training: A training program for the muscles that support the uterus, bladder and other pelvic organs. It is also called Kegel exercise or pelvic muscle rehabilitation. This exercise will help your pelvic muscles prevent accidental urine leakage. Pelvic floor muscle exercises make the muscles that support your pelvic organs stronger and help you use the muscles more effectively. Women who have a problem with urine leakage have been able to eliminate or greatly improve this problem just by doing pelvic floor muscle exercises each day. Pregnant and postpartum women who do pelvic floor muscle exercises have significantly less urine leakage.
Physician Assistant: (PA-C) A certified health care professional with a graduate level education who practices under the supervision of an orthopaedic surgeon. He/she may assist the surgeon in the operating room and do follow up care after surgery.
Physical therapists: Are licensed professionals who work with people that have sustained disabilities, impairments, or limitations in their overall physical function. These deviations can be the result of disease, injury, or pathological processes. Physical therapists examine, evaluate, diagnose, develop treatment plans, and provide prognosis for each patient on an individual basis. Through the modalities of exercise, mobilization, manipulation, heat, cold and electrical stimulation, and more physical therapists work to restore function, improve mobility, and decrease pain with the goal of re-establishing a patient’s maximal functional independence
Pilates: An exercise program that emphasizes strength, breathing, alignment, posture, coordination and balancing the muscles around the joints. Through a combination of stretching and strengthening, Pilates re-patterns the body to move more efficiently in natural fluid movements.
Primary Care Provider: Physicians within this area can provide initial assessments of a broad range of conditions, rather than specializing in one particular area.
Radiologist: A specialist at analyzing radiologic reports for diagnosis and treatment of various conditions and injuries.
Reiki: A Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Subacromial decompression: Surgical procedure used to treat shoulder impingement, to remove scar tissue on the underside of the bone near the acromion.
Trauma: Serious shock or injury to body, i.e. broken bones, lacerations.
Ultrasound Therapy: Uses a machine that makes high frequency sound waves. The sound waves vibrate tissues deep inside the injured area. This creates heat that draws more blood into the tissues. The tissues then respond to healing nutrients brought in by the blood and the repair process begins. Ultrasound is a form of heat treatment for soft tissue injuries.
Vaginismus: Inability to penetrate the vagina due to muscle spasm.
Visceral Manipulation:VM (Visceral Manipulation) is a group of techniques aimed at restoring mobility and motility to the viscera, eliminating a major trigger for muscular compensation and protection of those tissues.
Vulvodynia: Chronic vulvar discomfort; characterized by burning, irritation, rawness, and inability to have penetration without pain.
Vulvarvestibulitis: Severe pain on vestibular touch or vaginal entry; erythema in vestibule and bartholin gland openings.