Your first visit will be an initial evaluation, which is 60 minutes. During the evaluation, the therapist will assess your joint alignment, body movements, gait analysis, body awareness, and the integrity of the nervous system, lymphatic system, and your organs’ motility.
She will also evaluate the flexibility of your muscles, fascia, nerves, and scar tissue, and determine the area of restrictions around the extremities, trunks, and spine. It is required for a patient to wear a clean mask covering the nose and mouth, and loose clothing, such as a T-shirt and stretchy pants, to allow free movement.
For patients with pelvic pain or dysfunction, after assessing the external structures, the therapist will discuss with you whether an internal pelvic floor muscle exam is appropriate based on your situation. If you prefer not to have an internal pelvic floor muscle exam during your evaluation session, your therapist will not perform the exam.
After gathering all the information from the assessment, your therapist will discuss her findings with you and explain the interaction between different body parts and systems. Your therapist will come up with a plan of care based on the found evidence and discuss her plan fully with you. You are encouraged to ask questions and participate in your plan of care.
The initial evaluation session usually does not include treatments.