Frequently asked questions
With a myriad of therapies and therapists out there, I understand that you have questions. I have listed those which I hear most frequently below. Should your question not be answered here, please contact me at any time.
How many sessions will I need?
This is the question I get asked all the time and I wish I had a clear cut answer for you. But every body and every story is different. My approach is: as many sessions as needed and as few sessions as possible. Reaching your treatment goal ultimately defines the answer.
Some complaints are easy fixes. Complex injuries and layered problems, on the other hand, will take longer to unravel. You should feel progressively better with each session. If you are coming in for pain relief, I usually recommend our Therapeutic Starter Package which consists of an initial 75 minute assessment/treatment, a treatment plan, three 60-minute follow-up treatments and a review. If you are unsure whether neurology-based bodywork therapy is the right kind of treatment for you, I suggest you book one session and see how you like it and how your body responds to it. I will be able to give you a much better answer to this question after the initial session. And you can still decide if you want to roll the single session into a therapeutic starter package and save some money.
Is manual neurotherapy right for me?
Have you been living with chronic or acute pain for way too long? Does your body ache constantly for no apparent reason? Have you had an accident that you never fully recovered from? Has it been too long since you've been able to exercise without pain? Do you have a muscle or joint problem that no one has been able to solve? If you have answered 'yes' to any of these questions I think you should consider manual neurotherapy.
Of course, every case is different. Neuro-centric manual therapy does not address every possible problem under the sun, but those issues that it does are addressed far more comprehensively than by any other modalities out there. I am happy to discuss your particular case over the phone to see if I can help. Call me at (425)-236-9900, and let's find out what I can do for you.
How are NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) and Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) different from other bodywork modalities?
NKT and P-DTR are unlike traditional massage, chiropractic care, physical therapy or acupuncture, although they make an excellent complement to them all.
The first thing that will feel different to you is that is a participatory therapy, meaning your active participation is required. Next, apart from palpating your tissues and checking your joints, your range of motion, etc., I use manual muscle testing to assess your body.
I call it manual therapy - because it involves my hands and no drugs - but let's face it: this is applied neurology at work. P-DTR and NKT allow me to zone in on your problems like a body detective and correct dysfunctional coordination, movement and postural problems at the your motor control level within the brain and nervous system.
When we muscle test (i.e. ask a muscle to activate against resistance) we are lighting up certain circuits in the brain. If a neuromuscular pathway is obstructed through disuse or injury the body cannot "find" that muscle to perform the requested action. We call those places where there are inappropriate responses "kinestetic blind spots". The circuits are still there but the synaptic preferences have changed. Even after the tissues have healed from an injury, we are still left with these interruptions to the integrated coordination of movement. Exercises and the normal procedures of rehabilitation do not sufficiently address these patterns of sensory motor amnesia, because with exercise our body will choose those pathways that are more accessible to us.
Therefore, activating weak muscles (as being done in strength training) without releasing the corresponding bracing or compensating muscles has only a temporary benefit at best. Similarly, assigning exercises to strengthen a weak muscle (as is often done in physical therapy) can reinforce compensation patterns with no improvement to the weak muscle. Loosening a muscle up (e.g. during a regular massage) without knowing why it's tense can result in destabilization of a joint or body region. P-DTR and NeuroKinetic Therapy determine faulty patterns and correct them systematically, layer by layer.
Finally, corrective exercises are discussed to reinforce and integrate the corrected movement patterns after each session.
Please click on the links for more information on P-DTR and NKT.
Will the treatment hurt?
I 100% do NOT AGREE with the popular 'No pain, no gain!' statement - quite the opposite! When using too much pressure, the body braces and this can rev up an already challenged nervous system.
Therefore, I like to work with strategy, not force. The last thing I want to do is cause you additional pain. You might feel some discomfort at times but I aim to stay within your tolerated level of pressure for the releases. Communication is paramount to achieve this important goal and I am counting on you to tell me right away if a position, movement, or release doesn't feel right to you so I can adjust accordingly.
It is possible that after treatment you might feel a bit sore. Most commonly, this is the case because you just began to use a muscle that has been dormant for a long time. It is under-exercised and when suddenly activated, may feel sore - just like when you go back to the gym to work out for the first time in a long time. This muscle soreness usually subsides within a few days.
Will my insurance cover treatment at Eastside Bodywork?
Probably not. I am happy to provide you with a detailed invoice (superbill) that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Please contact your health insurance for their requirements.
Information for Microsoft employees: Microsoft reimburses employees for up to $1,200 per year (as of 2022) for employee-only wellness-related expenses that help them get and stay fit physically, emotionally, and financially. Many of my clients have submitted their Eastside Bodywork invoices and were successfully reimbursed under this program. Other big employers in the area might have similar benefits.
Do you offer packages?
Yes. For more information on how to save by purchasing a prepaid package, please head over to our Rates page.
I strongly advise early planning/scheduling if you know you will require several visits as my schedule fills up fast.
It's super easy to schedule your appointment at Eastside Bodywork. Just click on the button above to see which appointments are currently available. Then, simply choose the time that best fits your schedule.
I look forward to working with you!