Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a doctor's referral, and can I use insurance?
The services that I am providing are for ongoing maintenance of a condition, or for well-being. Typically, insurance will not cover these instances. Any assessment will be to rule out contraindications for treatment only. If you are interested in a full Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment for a condition, and plan to submit your own costs to your insurance, the cost of full Physical Therapy and the process to help you bill will be different. Although North Carolina allows direct access to Physical Therapy, your insurance may require a physician referral for coverage. Please contact me for more information.
What is the best way to schedule?
You may schedule by email or directly with me by phone at 828.273.3950.
What should I bring to my first visit?
Be prepared to give a brief medical history and list of medications. If you have any questions about your compression garments, it would be helpful to bring them as well so that we can assess their fit and compressive ability.
How should I prepare for treatment?
The best way to prepare is to be hydrated. Headache may occur after manual therapy if you are not drinking enough water or caffeine-free, sugar-free liquids throughout the day. To get the most effective lymphatic motility, the tissues must be well hydrated. Bring a list of your current medications, medical diagnoses and past surgeries so that any contraindications for treatment can be ruled out. This includes myofascial release, dry needling, and manual lymph drainage treatments.
What should I wear?
I recommend loose, comfortable street clothing that you can easily take off and put on.
What should I expect on my first visit?
A brief medical history will be taken to rule out any contraindications, and you will be asked to sign an informed consent. You will be given an opportunity to use the restroom prior to treatment. You will need to disrobe and will be discreetly draped to expose only the areas being treated. At the conclusion of treatment, you may have to use the restroom again as stimulation of the lymphatic system helps to rid the body of excess fluid. You will be given ample time to redress.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, personal checks, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. There will be a 2.75% charge added for processing credit cards.