An Evaluation is not mandatory for treatment, but I highly recommended it, especially when addressing a specific problem. I also recommend combining the evaluation with the initial treatment session, for various reasons. Also keep in mind that certain pathologies that the body reveals as a result of this type of evaluation process could be things that may not necessarily show up in conventional medical testing. I believe that ultimately only the tissues really know just exactly what is going on inside a person’s body. Thus, allowing the body to show us these things through a variety of assessments will certainly help us to figure out how to specifically approach your particular situation.
From The Evaluation To The Treatment
Based on many years of clinical experience, this extensive evaluation process is a very important tool to form an accurate assessment of each client, in order to determine the most effective individualized treatment plan that will achieve the best possible results.
The evaluation will truly help in identifying the dysfunction in various body regions, and also provide factors and correlations in understanding the symptomatology. Thus, the root of the problem can be addressed, rather than just addressing the symptoms of the dysfunction. In many instances, the specific area of complaint is not where the primary source of the problem lies.
The evaluation will include some or all of the following:
Patient Info/Medical History Intake
~Biomechanical (Movement) Examination
~Evaluative Touch – Includes palpating and examining the affected body regions, anatomical & physiological visualization, and “listening” (using a hand that is precisely placed on a specific part of the body to gather various information about tissue functionality)
~Thermal Analysis – Using a hand that is slightly elevated over a specific region of the body to identify any differences in the projected tissue temperature
Explaining the outcome of the evaluation, discussing an appropriate treatment plan, and answering any questions that may arise.
*Keep in mind that this is an evaluation and a suggested course of treatment that falls within the scope of my particular practice as a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist. Also, always remember that I never diagnose or prescribe, and that my work should never be interpreted as such. Although my manual therapies (and massage and bodywork therapies in general) can sometimes be an alternative to traditional medicine, they should never take the place of necessary medical treatment that only a medical doctor (M.D.) can provide. However, in many situations, manual therapies can certainly be quite complimentary to the traditional medical treatment that a person may already be receiving, is about to receive, or has already received.