15-MINUTE PHONE CALL
Free call with Emily Milner, MSPT and Certified Functional Manual Therapist. Learn more about how we can help you, and the difference between Functional Manual Therapy and traditional Physical Therapy.
FUNCTIONAL MANUAL THERAPY, INITIAL
Initial Consultation, 1 Hour
This physical therapy appointment includes extensive medical history evaluation, tests and measures, and your initial treatment. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
FUNCTIONAL MANUAL THERAPY, FOLLOW-UP
Follow Up Appt, 1 Hour
This follow-up appointment may include: manual therapy, myofascial release, spinal mobilization, cranial and visceral mobilization, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, neuromuscular re-education, motor control retraining and functional exercise.
About Functional Manual Therapy™
1 Hour Appointments
Initial Consult includes extensive medical history evaluation, tests and measures, plus your initial treatment. Follow-up appts may include: manual therapy, myofascial release, spinal mobilization, cranial and visceral mobilization, neuromuscular re-education, motor control retraining and functional exercise.
Functional Manual Therapy® is unique approach and is different than traditional physical therapy. In this treatment paradigm, the human body is viewed as an integrated unit, connected through the fascial web. I often describe the body as an ecosystem where the parts are interdependent and play a key role in maintaining the balance of the whole. For example, when a patient comes to see me for knee pain, I am evaluating and treating the entire body to discover what factors could be contributing to that knee pain pattern. My training has provided me an understanding of the optimum state of human movement as well as the skills, tools, and experience to identify and treat mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control dysfunctions. I use a combination of these treatments with all of my patients.
EXPLANATION OF THE METHODS I USE:
Hands on treatment, including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation, directed at soft tissue, joints, neurovascular structures and viscera. Often these types of manual therapy can be extremely effective in improving the ability of a person to move more efficiently, placing less stress on painful structures. Scar mobilization, another form of mechanical treatment, is also very important to consider after any type of surgical procedure due to its immobilizing effect on the surrounding fascia.
Hands on treatment targeting the firing pattern of muscles, which is typically altered if a person has experienced pain or compensatory movements for long periods of time. Neuromuscular re-education is often used following mechanical interventions in order to reinstate the core musculature of a specific body part as well integrate that body part back into the body as a whole.
Motor Control refers to the synergist firing of muscles to perform a task or movement pattern. Efficient motor control relies on the dynamic interplay of the local or "core" muscle groups and the global musculature, which are primarily responsible for movement of the trunk and limbs. To fully heal from an injury, whether it occurred 20 years ago or yesterday, it is crucial to build awareness of that injured area with all functional movements, exercise and daily tasks.
FREQUENCY SPECIFIC MICROCURRENT
See below for more information on FSM.
About Frequency Specific Microcurrent
Our Functional Manual Therapy sessions may include a customized Frequency Specific Microcurrent session that will address your specific needs. Treatment with FSM is non-invasive and painless.
Frequency Specific Microcurrent was developed by Dr. Carolyn McMakin in 1995 using frequencies passed on from an osteopath in Canada. The field of Bioresonance is an exciting, new treatment option emerging in medicine today.
Resonance PT is one of the few places in Bellingham offering Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM). This therapy uses a highly specialized device to deliver painless electrical currents (one millionth of an ampere) to painful and injured tissues. The tiny currents are similar to those already produced in the cells of the body. Depending on the frequency (hertz) used, the current resonates with different cells and stimulates the production of cellular energy (ATP), endorphin release, and the reduction of inflammatory mediators. FSM is most often used to treat pain, especially nerve and muscle pain, inflammation, and scar tissue.
Treatment with FSM is non-invasive and painless. The microcurrent is so small that the clients should not feel it at all although some clients may notice warmth and a softening of affected tissues. FSM is safe and approved by the FDA for the treatment of pain, however there are a few contraindications. These include pregnancy, pacemaker implantation, and a history of seizures.
CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED WITH FSM INCLUDE:
Acute (sudden) and chronic (long-term) musculoskeletal injuries
Acute and chronic neuropathic (nerve) pain
Adhesions & Scar Tissue, including abdominal adhesions
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic fracture and bone pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Discogenic- and facet-based pain/injury
Fibromyalgia from spine trauma
Immune / Autoimmune issues
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Lateral or Medial Epicondylitis
Low Back/Neck Pain
Myofascial pain & Trigger points
Tendon & ligament injury
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Vagus nerve dysfunction
Our bodies tell the story of our life experiences. Each person has a unique story and individualized care is critical to successful outcomes. At Resonance Physical Therapy, every client is seen for 1 hour sessions, 1-1 with a Physical Therapist. The goal for every client is that they leave PT not only with significant reduction in their chief complaint, but are able to experience a higher level of function in their daily lives.
BILLING & INSURANCE
Resonance PT is contracted with some insurance companies*:
First Choice Health
Labor and Industry
Auto Insurance/PIP Claims (Personal Injury Protection)
Some Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans
Hopefully Cigna soon
*Health insurance benefits will be verified at the time of booking.
If your insurance is not listed, you may still qualify for out-of-network benefits. If you choose to submit to your insurance for out-of-network reimbursement we will provide you with a superbill that you can submit directly to your insurance provider.
Payment will be accepted at the time of your service in the form of credit card.