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Orthotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral to see an Orthotherapist?

No, an Orthotherapist is a primary health care practitioner so you do not need a referral from a doctor to visit an OT. To make an appointment simply contact Bodywork & Fitness at 951.291.1947

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

If you have any x rays, scans, or medical reports about your condition please bring them along with you. 

What should I wear to my appointment?

It is best to wear light, comfortable, loose fitting clothing to your appointment. Your therapist will conduct a complete physical assessment that will include palpation and movement, so clothes that are easy to move in are a good choice. 
If you have a specific area that is injured it is often a good idea to wear clothes that enable this area to be easily exposed i.e. If you have a knee injury shorts are great, if you have a shoulder injury a t-shirt or tank top will make the examination easier. 

How long are the appointments?

Your first visit will usually last approximately 90 minutes in order to conduct a thorough examination  and go through your health history. Following the initial consultation treatments are usually 60 minutes.

What training does an Orthotherapist have?

Orthotherapists are tertiary trained and hold a Bachelor of Human Science. They have extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, clinical pathology, pharmacology, biomechanics, kinesiology and nutrition. They are able to conduct orthopedic physical assessments and prescribe detailed rehabilitation programs. 

An Orthotherapist may choose to work alone or in a clinic with other allied health professionals such as massage therapists, naturopaths, osteopaths, psychologists etc.

Does Orthotherapy hurt?

Orthotherapy is a hands on therapy that utilizes a number of different techniques that are often primarily directed at giving relief from pain. In some cases, some techniques can be painful, of course this depends on each individual. Your Orthotherapist will do their best to work within your pain threshold and will endeavor to use a technique that is suitable for your condition and that you are comfortable with. It is very important that you communicate with your therapist about the intensity of your treatment, especially the level of pain or discomfort you are in both before and during your treatment. This information allows your therapist to adjust the treatment accordingly. 

What should I expect at my appointment?

The therapist will initially ask you some questions about your condition, your general health, your daily activities and exercise routine. Then they will conduct a physical assessment which will include both a postural assessment and observation of your movement range and patterns. The orthotherapist may also conduct some more specialized tests to gain a better understanding of your condition. 

The orthotherapist will then formulate an individual and specialized treatment plan that will most effectively treat and manage your condition. This plan will be based on a number of factors including your current condition, your lifestyle and your short term and long term health goals. 

The treatment will most likely include a range of techniques (many of which are described above) and may also include some instructions on things you can do at home after your treatment. Many people often ask if they will receive a massage as part of their treatment. The simple answer is that this will depend upon a number of factors, specifically the nature of your condition. Massage may be part of your treatment, however it rarely the only technique used by the OT, a 60 minute treatment does not normally consist solely of massage.

Massage Frequently Asked Questions

As the vast amount of information about the many benefits of massage continues to grow, so does it’s popularity. Unfortunately, there are a few problems one faces when considering massage:

  • How do I know which type of massage is best for me?
  • How do I find a truly good, qualified therapist?
  • How do I afford the high cost of massage? (typically $70 to $120 per hour)

That’s where we come in! We are highly trained in various techniques. After consulting with you about your specific needs, we will utilize all our skills by combining whichever technique necessary to make your massage as effective as possible!

We go above and beyond to give you a massage that is both calming and effective.  Our massages can include Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Body Alignment methods, and stretching techniques designed to target your issues.  We also provide Couples Massage,  Chair Massages, as well as mobile massage services in the IE, OC, LA, SD and Palm Springs areas.

As far as cost, I have designed a member based plan which is extremely affordable, making it possible to get regular treatments without the financial stress! 

Q: What type of massage do you do?

A: My goal is to bring the highest quality integrated massage, designed to safely and effectively relieve aches and pains. Therefore, I custom blend all of my sessions to best fit your needs. I am trained in a variety of techniques, but the most therapeutic sessions are usually a combination of techniques depending on the needs of each individual. Although, if there is a particular type of massage that you are familiar with and prefer, I will most certainly accommodate your request.

Q: Can I request a female therapist?

A: Absolutely! I may not ask you for a preference when taking appointments, but if you do have a special request I will be more than happy to provide you with a female therapist on my Angels Arms network.

Q: Do I get the same service that would be provided at a Spa?

A: Yes and No, SPA's are focused on the Relaxation of their clients so you pay extra for the pampering. I provide high quality therapeutic massage services, linens and lubricants. You are free to provide your own music, candles or any other ambiance you desire. Many spa goers have found it to be an exceptional alternative to a day spa because of the lower price, the far superior service, and the comfort of having their own personal massage therapist.

Q: Do you make house calls?

A: Yes, with at least a one-hour minimum for Table and 30 min minimum for Chair massage

Q: Do you take walk-ins?

A: Yes, I am mainly mobile but often I set up shop at Gyms, Salons and other special events. 

Q: What is the difference between chair and table massage?

A: Chair Massage focuses strictly on the upper body without the use of oil or lotion. It is quick, convenient and effective for any neck, shoulder, arms or upper back pain. Table Massage gives your therapist the ability to work on the entire body. The sessions are typically longer which allows for more focused attention on any problem areas.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Your comfort is my main concern and no matter what you decide in regards to clothing you can rest assured that all sensitive areas will be fully covered at all times. That being said, it is true that most people choose to undress down to their undergarments or completely. If you are not comfortable with this the massage can be performed through clothing (exercise clothing works best). All chair massage is always done fully clothed.