Below is a list of "Commonly Asked Questions" about Myofasical Release, massage therapy, and my practice. If you do not see your question or need further clarification on an answer below, please visit my Contact Information Page for direction on how to reach me. I promise to do my best to provide you with the information you are seeking.
 

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1. What are your treatment hours?
2. Where are you located?
3. What are your rates?
4. What are my payment options?
5. Do you offer direct billing?
6. Do you have a cancellation policy?



1. Do I need a doctor's referral?
2. Are you recognized by insurance/health care plans?  
3. What do your patients wear for treatment?
4. What should I expect during my first visit?
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. Do you offer any discount programs?
6. Do you offer gift cards?

7. Do you provide treatment for motor vehicle accident injuries?

 

1. What is a Myofascial Release treatment like?
2. How will I feel after a Myofascial Release treatment?
3. Who may benefit from Myofascial Release?

4. Where can I find more information about Myofascial Release?

 

1. What is a massage therapy treatment like?
2. How will I feel after a massage therapy treatment?
3. Who may benefit from massage therapy?
4. Where can I find more information about massage therapy?



1. What are your treatment hours?

Monday:  8:45 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuesday:  1:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday:  8:45 AM - 3:00 PM

Thursday:  1:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Friday:  8:45 AM - 4:45 PM or 1:00 PM - 8:30PM (alternate weekly)   

Saturday:  8:45 AM - 12:15 PM (every 2nd Saturday) 

   

Centerpoint Chiropractic & Natural Health

#102, 304 - 3rd Avenue

Strathmore, AB. 

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3. What are your rates?  

                               

TREATMENT DURATION RATE
1/2 hour      $50  
1 hour     $80  
  1 1/2 hours      $110  
*all prices include GST

   

 

4. What are my payment options?

We accept cash, cheque, debit, Mastercard and Visa.


5. Do you offer Direct Billing?

Yes, I offer direct billing to the following insurance companies: Alberta Blue Cross, ASEBP, Chambers of Commerce Group, CINUP, Co-Operators, Cowan, Equitable, First Canadian, Great-West Life, Green Shield, Industrial Alliance, Johnson Inc, Manulife Financial, Maximum Benefits/Johnston Group, Medavie Blue Cross, Sunlife Financial and SSQ Financial Group. If your benefit plan requires you to submit to them a doctor's note, please complete this task so that I may direct bill successfully. If the direct billing request is not immediately processed and sent for further review, the claim will be voided and you will be asked to pay the full amount. In this case, you may then submit your receipt personally to your insurance company for reimbursement. If your benefit plan does not cover 100% of the massage therapy fee, the balance is to be paid by the various payment options I provide.



6. Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. Your appointment is to be confirmed a minimum of 24 hours prior to your appointment and it is appreciated if the same courtesy is returned. Barring extenuating circumstances, you will be billed 50% of the treatment value for each missed appointment or cancellation made less than 24 hours preceding your appointment. 






1. Do I need a doctor's referral?

No, you do not need a doctor's referral to receive treatment, however, you may need one for your insurance plan or health benefits. Please contact your insurance provider or employee benefits to find out what is required.

 

2. Are you recognized by insurance/health care plans?

Yes, I am recognized by plans that include the health service of Massage Therapy. Please contact your insurance/benefits provider for details on your coverage.

 

3. What do your patients wear for treatment?

If you are receiving a Myofascial Release (MFR) treatment, it is suggested that men wear loose shorts and women wear a sports bra and loose shorts. Some MFR techniques may be performed seated or standing and this dress code is easier to work with. Clients receiving massage therapy do not require a sports bra or shorts. Keeping your lower underwear on will be sufficient as you will be securely draped with a sheet throughout the session. Only the area being treated will be undraped. A postural assessment may be performed at the beginning of a treatment. It involves evaluating a client's positioning of his or her body and limbs to determine any observable physical imbalances or abnormalities by using bony landmarks and soft tissue presentation. This can provide me with information that is valuable for your treatment outcome. I will discuss this option with you if it is deemed important to include. For a postural assessment, it is suggested that women wear a sports bra and shorts and men wear shorts. If you are not comfortable with the above clothing suggestions you may wear whatever makes you most at ease.  

 

4. What should I expect during my first visit?

You will be required to fill out a Health History Form. 

Feel free to print out the following Confidential Case History form, in PDF format, and fill it out. You may then bring it with you and submit it upon your arrival.  


DOWNLOAD HERE ---->>>       Confidential Case History Form

You will then be asked questions concerning any presenting conditions, medications and past or present injuries and/or surgeries. Certain assessments and tests may be performed to obtain more information regarding your presenting complaint. 

 

5. Do you offer any discount programs?

As a way of thanking and showing my appreciation, clients will receive every 10th treatment in a calendar year at 50% off. Every client's calendar year begins on the date of their first treatment. Please call for further details.

 

6. Do you provide treatment for motor vehicle accident injuries? 

Yes, treatment is available for MVA injuries. However, please see a Primary Health Care Practitioner (medical doctor, chiropractor or physiotherapist) for diagnosis prior to booking in. Please call ahead of time with your insurance claim number so the amount of treatments you will be receiving can be confirmed before you come in. You will be billed directly until the details of your claim are confirmed by your insurance provider.







1. What is a Myofascial Release treatment like?

Myofascial Release is a gentle, safe and highly effective whole body hands-on form of treatment that uses sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions until a release occurs. No lotion or oil is used. It is a very different experience than massage and is really hard to verbalize. The best way to answer this is to come in for a treatment or series of treatments and experience it for yourself. 

To prepare for your first MFR treatment, I suggest reading MFR: An Introduction To The Patient, The John F. Barnes MFR Approach Part 2, The Inner Journey Guide, and Facilitating A Patient's Therapeutic Process. These articles are all found in the Resources Section.

 

2. How will I feel after a Myofascial Release treatment?   

I suggest reading Myofascial Release Healing Theory, found in the Resources Section, which explains the possible healing process you may experience over a series of treatments. Some reactions may be similar to what you experience after a massage, such as an increase in symptoms followed by considerable improvement. Sometimes new pains in new areas will be experienced. These are normal reactions of the body to the positive changes that have occurred by releasing fascial restrictions.  MFR is gentle but it has a profound effect on the body, so do not let the gentleness deceive you. You may leave the first treatment feeling like nothing happened and later (even a day later) you may begin to feel the effects.

 

3. Who may benefit from Myofascial Release?

Most people seek out MFR when medicine, surgery or traditional therapies have given them either partial, temporary or no results. Children to seniors with acute to chronic bodily conditions and people looking to take a preventative and/or maintenance approach to their health, may benefit from MFR.   

 

4. Where can I find more information about Myofascial Release?

More information is available in the Resources Section.  





1. What is a massage therapy treatment like?

It depends on whether you are coming in for a relaxation, deep tissue, or therapeutic massage. A relaxation massage is more soothing and a deep tissue massage is usually more intense. Some people describe the deep tissue massage as a "good hurt". A therapeutic massage is formed based on your presenting complaint, injury or condition. Oil or lotion is usually used depending on the type of technique performed.

 

2. How will I feel after a massage therapy treatment?

Everybody reacts differently depending on the type of treatment and the client's lifestyle. Most people feel relaxed. Several experience some freedom from chronic pain developed from constant tension, postural imbalance, repetitive activity or recurring injuries. Some may experience an aggravation of symptoms or soreness/stiffness in muscles for a few hours to 1-2 days after before feeling better. A few may have short-lived symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, grogginess or unaccustomed emotions. Some experience increased energy, heightened awareness and/or greater productivity for several days.  Although some of these reactions may seem to be negative, they are in fact normal. This is due to change that occurred to your body during the treatment and the resultant healing and eliminatory process your body is undertaking.

 

3. Who may benefit from massage therapy?

Anyone from children to seniors with acute to chronic bodily conditions, people with stressful lifestyles, or anybody wanting to take a preventative and/or maintenance approach to their health, may all benefit from massage therapy.

 

4. Where can I find more information about massage therapy?

More information is available in the Resources Section. 

 

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