Myofascial Release at Home
The Advantages-The Perks-The Rewards
Mobile Myofascial Release is my preferred method of receiving and delivering treatment. As a Physical Therapist Assistant with 20+ years of experience to date, I provided care which was mandated by insurance companies and protocols especially in an outpatient setting where eventually I was seeing upwards of 12-15 patients a day. The demands of such were no longer rewarding for either myself or my clients and I then transitioned into the home care setting which allowed for more personalized one and one care with clients and I spent the last 16 years. The home care setting is a more accurate representation of what life is really like and the physical challenges that we have to endure with the various activities of daily living we each have. When we have pains, aches, weakness, fatigue, immobility, or even stress such activities and the actually setting they are tackled in can be challenging to say the least. One of the greatest accomplishments as a therapist is assisting a client in being able to make minor adaptations or changes in their physical environment to help them progress to a more functional pain-free active lifestyle in or out of the home. However even the home care setting could not avoid the pitfalls of the insurance company mandates of numbers verses outcomes. This is where my own journey began transitioning from therapist to patients through an injury in 2013. It was through my own personal experiences now as a patient with pain, immobility and that lead to the discovery of myofascial release. After experiencing the immediate results personally, I knew that my professional life was about to change dramatically and so the advent of a new private practice free of mandates and protocols and a new set of initials after my name, “LMT”. One thing that did not change was my preferred place of practice~ in the home. It is my own personal experience and expertise of receiving treatment at home that feels and sees the benefits of home treatment.
Mobile Myofascial Release Treatments – Provide Faster Progress
Mobile Myofascial Release – at-Home treatments have lots of benefits over traveling to an outpatient center. Considerable evidence has been gathered showing that the personalized care you receive from in-home therapy actually boosts the progress of healing. Clients receiving treatment in a familiar setting tend to be able to soften and relax with greater ease. In addition the home sessions provided can be more focused and intensive by limiting distractions and stress of trying to fit a therapy treatment in based on my schedule whereas home therapy can be more accommodating to your schedule. Generally, the cost of in-home therapy may be greater but with Myofascial Release and Wellness of Tampa Bay there is no additional fees for travel, holidays, nights or weekends. It is my personal experience that you could actually end up saving money in the long run by paying for sessions that are much more efficient. In addition, sometimes you are simply in too much pain to actually leave to get to an outpatient clinic and home care can be a short term resolution to assist you to regain the ability to leave home and return to being treated outside of the home.
No driving, No Return of Bracing Patterns Afterwards
When you receive an in home myofascial release therapy, you don’t have to worry about driving home or getting stuck in traffic. You have to be alert to drive, and alertness can shorten the relaxation benefits of your treatment. The alertness and potential stresses of driving can lead to the return of bracing of the newly released myofascial tissues. The Greater Tampa Bay Area is rated 99th in the “world” for the worst driving conditions which includes poor roads, amount of traffic volume and number of accidents. Personally when I have had to drive home after therapy, many of my tight areas begin to brace and tighten right back up. In addition, you actually save time in your schedule that driving to and from therapy actually takes as well as the wear and tear on your vehicle and the expense of fuel. With 16 years driving the roads and providing treatment in this manner and now with the expertise of Myofascial Release, why not let Myofascial Release and Wellness of Tampa Bay take care of all
of that for you.
Pro-long the Relaxation Benefits and Experience Deeper Relaxation
An in home treatment enables you to really prolong your relaxed state of being. Relaxation requires focusing your attention within and withdrawing it from your five senses and the external world. When you travel to another location to receive treatment, your senses are usually on high alert because of the sensory input of the new space. When you’re at home, you’re so accustomed to the space, that you’re better able to relax more quickly and to allow your body to soften. This helps you move deeper during the session especially if you’re receiving a treatment for stress and/or anxiety relief as well as headaches. In-home myofascial release can deliver more hand-on full length treatment times by the fact that set up/take down, initial assessment and self-care training are not a part of the treatment time, the time begins when the actual treatment starts. This is my personal preference. When mandated by insurance companies, I was only given so long for the entirety of the treatments, no more, no less and was something that I never understood or liked and made a promise to never comply to that if I were to have my own business. Many times when you get an in home treatment from Myofascial Release and Wellness you actually get a little longer because I am not in a rush and schedule plenty of time between clients to allot for such and travel time…..BECAUSE.…..
You’re Not Just a Number!
How many of us have waited for medical appointments for a long time and the MD only comes in and spends 5-10 minutes with us and half of that is writing or typing in a chart? How many of us have gone into the traditional therapy setting and seen the therapist for only a few minutes of the actual time we were there because there were seeing 5-7 other people at the same time. This does not increase quality of care no does it promote ease. When you receive an in home treatment it is more personal, you are not just a number, I as the therapist have no other distractions and you receive a higher quality and level of care resulting in a more effective and faster outcome.
Myofascial Release and Myofascial Self-Care
Myofascial Release is not just about the treatment received by a therapist, it is about the ability to perform the self-care between sessions. This is not the home exercise program that we all never performed as advised by our MD or therapist because it hurt or wasn’t rewarding. Myofascial Self Care actually feels good, is progressive, and pays off in faster recover, faster response times during follow-up care and saves money and time in the end. Also due to the fact that life can always present us with an ache or pain, we then have a way to treat new areas and avoid potential problems that had us seek myofascial release therapy in the first place. It gives us our power over our own health care. Myofascial Release also gives us a way to approach any form of physical activities that we partake in. It is an approach to allowing our bodies to actually feel and not get injured any further.
The Expertise of Ergonomics in the Home/Office
The Ergonomics of the home and where the self care is going to be performed and what already in the home could be used safely and correctly as a treatment tool or spot is very important. Sometimes a simply change or modification in the approach can be easily done and benefits more rewarding. It is one thing to perform the self care activities in the MD or therapist office and then its another when you get home. Whether it is the bed is softer than the treatment table, the chair lower or higher than the one at the office or adjusting the computer and desk levels to a better and more suitable position, a home visit can make sure that you can perform ADL’s activities of daily living or the self care activities successfully. The easier something is to do the more likely we are to actually complete them. In addition it further add another successful layer to the elimination of the fascial restrictions and in preventing their return.
Are You Ready?
Are you ready to begin to relax and release the constrictions of your fascia? Then please visit Myofascial Release and Wellness of Tampa Bay to schedule your next therapy appointment today or to learn more about Myofascial Release Therapy. If a home session is not suitable to your needs then we do have a location that can be arranged and utilized to ensure that you are getting all the benefits you and your fascia need to return to a pain-free active and healthy life-style.