Frequently Asked Question
What is Structural Medicine?
Structural Medicine involves extensive evaluation of postural alignment and movement, in order to balance the fascial tone, lengthen and strength across all the major joints of the body.
How is Structural Medicine different from massage?
What should I wear to a session?
Structural Medicine sessions are typically performed with the client in their underwear. It is best to wear something that you feel comfortable in that also allows full range of motion of your arms and legs. For women, bikini bras work well (you can also wear swimwear.) Sports bras with thick straps, or underwire bras are not ideal. For men, loose running shorts with a mesh underlining or briefs work well.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a connective tissue network that surrounds our muscles, bones, blood vessels, nerves and organs. This “web” provides support and flexibility through out entire body. When this network maintains its elastic nature, it glides and stretches as we move. Alternatively, when our myofascial network becomes shortened it can impair posture and overall movement function. This results in poor postural habits, chronic pain, injury and reduced flexibility as well as pathologies such as carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, headaches, back pain & thoracic outlet.
What is Myo-Fascial Length Testing (MFLT) and how does it affect the treatment I recieve
Myo-Fascial Length Testing (MFLT) is a system of testing the length and balance of your muscles and fascia. This testing is used as a diagnostic tool to determine what is the root cause of the issue for which you are seeking treatment. MFLT informs the practioner's treatment strategy as well as providing an objective measurement of progress of each session. MFLT was developed by Donna Bajelis, P.T. (the creator of Structural Medicine) and is an integral element in effectively treating
What is a Structural Medicine Series? How is getting a Structural Medicine "series" different from addressing a specific problem?
Is Structural Medicine for pain relief, injury prevention
Do practitioners take insurance
Insurance coverage varies from practitioner to practitioner. It is best to contact your insurance or speak to the practitioner directly to verify coverage. For those who are not in network for your insurance, a receipt for for the amount paid at time of service can often be sent to your insurance company for reimbursement. Again, the amount of reimbursement depends on your coverage-it is best to speak to your insurance company to determine this.
What kind of training is required to become a Structural Medicine Specialist?
Currently, Structural Medicine Specialists graduate from a 4 year training of over 2,500 hours. Training includes: a 2 year apprenticeship in hands-on treatment, a 2 year in-depth study of pathologies and chronic conditions and at least one cadaver disection. During this time, practioners build a strong foundation in anatomy, pathology, neuro-muscular reeducation, integrative movment, postural assessment and the essential connection of physical and emotinal development. Click here for more information on the Institute of Structural Medicine.
What are the origins of Structural Medicine?
Please see our history
Do you work with emotional or trauma stored in the body?
Structural Medicine Specialists are not counselers or therpaists, but they are trained to support the emotional process that (for some individuals) can accompany deep physical transformation. You may find as your body and posture change your outlook on life improves. You also may experience emotional releases during or after your session. It is alway