FAQs : Adjunctive Therapies
Would I expect to have and physical therapy in the same session?
When people come for a session, they often receive a combination of physical therapy and acupuncture. There are times when
someone will receive acupuncture only. This may happen due to time constraints from having had a prolonged discussion, or
it may be because acupuncture met their needs and further work would have been more than their bodies could assimilate.
Why do you combine the two in a session?
Acupuncture can address an issue on physical, energetic, spiritual, and emotional levels. I find
using acupuncture first can prepare the body for physical intervention and by doing so helps to hold
the effect of the session.
What physical therapy do you include in your practice?
On this page below you will find descriptions of various techniques, under Adjunctive Therapies. As you will see, I do not include electrical stimulation or ultrasound. The acupuncture easily substitutes for these. There are times when I may include a hot pack somewhere on the body while the needles are in.
Would my insurance cover for Physical Therapy with you?
I am not on any provider lists. If your insurance covers for PT out of network, then you could be covered for the PT portion of the
session. Some insurance companies cover for some percentage of acupuncture. You will need to call your insurance company to determine your benefits and required documentation for reimbursement.
Myofascial release (MFR): Fascia is the very thin layer of connective tissue laying in sheets under the skin from which
tendrils extend and reform creating other sheaths. These sheaths then surround muscles, tendons, blood vessels. and organs.
This connective tissue can be damaged from a variety of traumas including, sprains, strains, childbirth, and surgery. MFR is
a hands on technique which unwinds the knots created by the traumas.
Cranial Sacral Therapy: This is a very refined form of MFR. It focuses on the connective tissue between the plates of bone forming
the skull. The idea is to create a more flexible movement in the naturally occurring rhythmic expansion and contraction of the
skull and flow of the cerebral spinal fluid.
Physical measurements: These may include leg length, circumference of extremities, range of motion of
joints, or postural references.
Posture: Awareness and alignment is incorporated into the work we do at any point in a session. This can
be in relation to sitting, standing, lying down, or during movement.
Massage: The style of massage usually directs soft tissue restrictions and is used in conjunction with MFR.
Exercise: Exercise may be used in the office as well as teaching for exercises to do at home. Examples can include basic strength
and range of motion, as well as more complex muscle energy, and Feldenkreis inspired movements. Stretching can also be
assigned for home programs.
Breathing and relaxation: Diaphragmatic breathing is an important natural ability in a human life. Teaching and assisting
this as well as other focused breathing techniques can be incorporated into a home program and can catalyze effects we are
trying to achieve.