What to expect when you arrive for your first appointment at Vita De Novo Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Please arrive early to fill out a new client intake form OR download the new patient intake form here. Fill it out at your convenience and bring it to your first appointment.
If you have any payment questions please ensure these are answered before your treatment begins.
We encourage you to express any questions or concerns you may have at any time so that you are comfortable and clearly understand the goals of your treatment plan.
At no time do therapist diagnose illness or injury. If there is an issue that is out of the scope of practice for our therapists, followup appointments with a physician will be suggested for diagnosis and treatment.
Medical History & Assessment
Your initial visit will consist of a review of your medical history, as well as a thorough assessment (examination) of your current condition or injury.
These are vital steps in your treatment as your therapist uses this information to make an educated decision on the best treatment approach. It is very important that you do not leave anything out, as it could actually have great influence on the risks and benefits of the treatment chosen for you.
Remember, massage “therapy” is much more than just a massage. It is in your best interest that your therapist gathers as much information as they need to provide you the most effective treatment possible. Our goal is to not only to help relieve your symptoms but help prevent them from recurring in the future.
It is the therapist’s goal to provide some hands-on treatment (manual therapy) at the first visit but please be aware that in rare situations, this may not happen.
Complicated or chronic conditions could require a longer examination time and therefore may alter treatment time.
During any portion of the treatment, your therapist will check with you to make sure you are comfortable with both the environment and pressure being used.
You will be properly draped (covered) for privacy at all times. Only the area of the body being worked on will be exposed for treatment and then re-draped before moving to another section of the body.
It is common for your therapist to take a moderate approach on your first visit in order to determine how your body will respond to the treatment chosen for your needs. The therapist will then adjust the treatment as necessary in the following visits. Be sure to let your therapist know if anything feels uncomfortable or painful.
Toward the end of your visit your therapist will take some time to discuss her findings and recommendations. In addition to the examination and treatment, another important part of your care is patient education and remedial exercise (self-care).
Often exercises & home care will be given at a later appointment after your therapist has become familiar with your condition and has been able to assess your response to treatment. No instructions will be given against the advice or care of a physician.
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