-What should I expect to happen?-
A health history intake
In-person, Consent to touch sensitive areas of the body document
Cody's treatment process for both osteopathic manual practice and registered massage therapy offer a similar experience.
Before you arrive for your initial treatment, you should be expecting to fill out some online documentation:
At your appointment, your therapist will then have a consultation with you about the health history you provided and discuss current symptoms. This consultation is part of your treatment time.
Then you will have an opportunity to change into your treatment attire in a curtained off change-room area of the clinic. This is included as part of your treatment time.
After the consultation and the patient is in their movement attire, there is an evaluation process. This is where your practitioner will observe a series of movements. These evaluation movements are generally done in standing, seated, and lying on a treatment table.
Patient positioning throughout the session, treatment happens on an electric treatment table. Theres generally lots of movement throughout the session; (if able) patients lying on their back, stomach, or sides. You may be asked to sit up or stand throughout the treatment for specific techniques or observations.
Your practitioner starts scanning your body, using movement and palpation, observing and feeling tissue textures and densities, looking for what is not matching up with the rest of that person, typically finding multiple zones of interest known as a somatic dysfunction ("blockage").
To determine the order to address these blockages Cody uses a unique methodology of hierarchy, passed down through his osteopathic studies. The methodology is a general guideline used to "funnel" information, and is based on where the blockage is located, and how blocked it is. Cody often utilizes what is known as inhibition-testing, where structures found to be 'blocked' are engaged to see if one is reacting as a compensation to the other more primary "blockage".
The treatment process generally happens in a non-linear process, bouncing between evaluation, intervention, and re-evaluation. Followed by some integration techniques to encourage the structure we worked on to resonate within the region, then within the person as a whole.
As the session draws to a close, we generally then repeat some standing and seated mobility tests we observed at the beginning to see if there's a better function.
Generally there is usually some home-care techniques recommended for you to continue progressing on your own.
We can then discuss treatment frequency and when to re-book.
Typical feedback patients often share at the end of their treatment is things like: "It's easier to breath". "I feel taller/lighter", "I have more movement", "the colours in the room seem more vibrant"
Many patients report that they feel shifting tension in there body for a few days after the session "I felt like i'd gone for a big workout", then often feeling much improvement following that. My impression of this type of reaction, is that the body is learning to move differently, so tissues are working in a different way. (Cody)