Five Strong Physical Therapy 178 Bodo Dr. Ste A, Durango, CO 81303 • 970-764-4149 • judy@fivestrongphysicaltherapy.com

Do I need a prescription, script or physician’s referral?  

By law in the state of Colorado, a patient has Direct Access to physical therapy and can be seen without a prescription.

Do you accept insurance?

Five Strong Physical Therapy is a fee-for-service clinic and accepts cash, checks and major credit cards and does not accept insurance. You pay for your treatment the same day that I see you. Five Strong Physical Therapy is an “out of network” provider for all insurance carriers. I will gladly provide you with the needed receipts and treatment codes that you will need to send in with your claim form.  

What should I wear?  

It is important to have access to visibly examine, palpate and treat your body, muscles and tissues directly.  Please wear or bring with you a pair of loose comfortable shorts with or without compression shorts underneath and female patients should bring a sleeveless shirt, tank top or swimsuit top.

What can I expect from the treatment session?

Each patient is seen on a one-on-one basis and hands-on treatment. The first appointment includes a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation, treatment, personalized plan for management of your condition and instruction in a home self-treatment and exercise program. Each patient is evaluated and the treatment is designed to address the problems responsible for your pain and symptoms.  

Sustained pressure is used to release restrictions and restore the normal elastic and gliding motion of the fascia.  Some people might feel discomfort during this sustained pressure.  As the restriction releases and unwinds, you may feel a sense of letting go and an immediate decrease in pain.  You might feel some discomfort for a short period of time after treatment, but this should resolve.  

What is fascia?  

The fascia is a connective tissue that forms an uninterrupted, three-dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, from front to back, from interior to exterior and surrounds and supports the muscular, skeletal and visceral (organs) components of the body.  The fascia is disrupted in an injury and can cause restrictions, which bind down and exert pressure and stress on your body and its soft tissue structures, causing pain and dysfunction.

What are Fascial Manipulation and Myofascial Release treatments like? 

Fascial Distortion is the use of gliding pressure and friction to release restrictions and restore the normal fluidity and gliding motion of the fascia.  Some people might feel discomfort during this sustained pressure.  As the restriction releases and unwinds, you may feel a sense of letting go and an immediate decrease in pain.  You might feel some discomfort for a short period of time after treatment, but this should resolve.  Myofascial Release is a therapeutic treatment that uses gentle pressure and stretching to facilitate the release of fascial restrictions.

How long after an injury should I wait to get treatment?  

Moving the tissues back to their preinjury physiological position and alignment becomes harder the longer that they have been in a distorted or injured state, so the sooner you can get in for treatment the quicker the resolution.  Newly injured tissues will be more sensitive, but immediate treatment will help with a faster return to normal painfree activity.

How many treatments will I need until I am 100% again?  

This is dependent on a number of factors, so that is a difficult question to answer.  Chronic or long time injuries often take longer than acute or more recent injuries.

Will my Lymphedema be cured?  

There is no cure for Lymphedema, but it can be controlled.  The goal of treatment is to reduce the swelling, to maintain the reduction, to facilitate an improvement in a patient’s quality of life and a return to manageable living and working environments.  The key is early intervention and proper treatment.

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