1. How many sessions will I need?
This is quite often a difficult question to answer, without saying "how long is a piece of string?" ... The amount of sessions you will need depends greatly on; your injury/pain, how long you've had it for, how quickly you got treatment, how well you do your exercises and rehab, how regularly you can have appointments.
In most cases, you should notice a difference after 2 sessions, but this may only be a small improvement. Generally 6 sessions is good to aim for, however some people will improve more quickly and others more slowly. After that, it may be a case of maintenance each month - 6 weeks.
(We are all different and heal at different rates!)
2. How often should I book in?
This depends what you are booking in for...
Injury - It is best to have a session every 1-2 weeks whilst the problem is aggravated, and then aim to maintain this with a session every 4-6 weeks. Again, this depends on the severity of the injury, how regularly you do your exercises and how long you have had the injury for.
Massage - For general day-to-day aches and pains, in most cases, a session every 4-6 weeks will help to keep those aches and pains at bay. Monthly sessions are great to aim for.
3. Is my initial appointment assessment or treatment?
All initial sessions involve assessment AND treatment. Follow up sessions involve a short assessment to see how you have been getting on, but are then mostly focused on treatment and rehab.
4. What does trigger point therapy do?
This is done as part of your treatment or massage and aims to reduce the "Hyper-irritable bands of muscle" that can cause you pain, stiffness, weakness, referred pain and headaches. This usually involves direct pressure to the trigger point, and aims to stimulate the muscles and the nervous system to make the trigger point release. Your therapist may ask you to move, or move your limb around while this happens.
5. How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a great way to reduce your pain, encourage the muscle to "fire" properly, increase your range of movement and release tightness & stiffness. It works by stimulating the area as well as the muscular and nervous systems to promote healing, inhibit certain chemicals and encourage relaxation.
At Maximise Sports Therapy, we usually use acupuncture as part of your treatment, however stand-alone treatments are available - just ask!
6. When can I book again?
This is a question we LOVE to hear! Our patients wanting to re-book!
After your treatment, you can book straight away, whether the appointment that you want is in 1 week, 4 weeks or 8 weeks! It's a great way to make sure that you secure your appointment slot, and don't miss out by making a last-minute enquiry. Evening and weekend appointments book up quickly!