Frequently Asked Questions
The ISM is appropriate for most any musculoskeletal concern you as a patient may have. The following is a list of some musculoskeletal conditions Lynne has treated with the ISM:
- Headaches and migraines
- Sciatica (nerve pain down the leg)
- TMJ (jaw) dysfunction
- Various visceral (organ) problems
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Stress, anxiety, and/or depression
- Poor posture
- Fibromyalgia / myofascial pain syndromes
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fractures +/- surgical stabilization
- Chronic pain
- Mid back pain
- DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis (tendonitis effecting thumb and wrist)
- Apparent scoliosis (curvature through the thoracic spine or mid back)
- Radicular arm symptoms (nerve pain down the arm)
- Rotator cuff (shoulder) impingement and/or tears
- Repeated knee sprains
- Achilles tendonitis
- Poor walking endurance or tolerance
- Shoulder pain with playing tennis
- Repeated ankle sprains
- Weakness with spiking a volleyball
- Patellar tendonitis
(tendonitis of the knee cap tendon)
- Hip pain with walking and/or running
- Frozen shoulder
- Chronic neck pain
- Shoulder range limitations post breast cancer and surgery
- Gluteal pain (buttock) including Piriformis Syndrome
- Disc injuries (low back and mid back)
- Desire to improve performance in hockey
- Sport or trauma-induced concussion
- Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
- Sacroiliac or SI sprains (pelvis)
- Mid back and neck tension
- Stenosis (lack of space in lumbar spine
or low back architecture causing leg symptoms such as tiredness, numbness, tingling, aching, or other seemingly strange nerve symptoms described in varying ways)
- Aiding in self management of several chronic, auto-immune , or neurological conditions such as Scleroderma, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Low back pain
- Plantar fasciitis (heel and arch pain)
- Metatarsalgia (ball of the foot pain)
- Exercise induced or overuse sprains and strains
- Diffuse shoulder pain with throwing a baseball
- Female incontinence
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Aiding recovery post back surgery
- Learning how to let go of bracing
- Hamstring pain and/or repeat strains
- Neck pain and/or reduced range of motion
Most meaningful tasks to you whether it involve pain, difficulty with an activity, just feeling “off” with a certain activity, or an activity that you desire to do but are fearful to do can be assessed and treated with the ISM principles.
Lynne advocates for collaborative care, but the Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists (SCPT) has strict bylaws and policies when it comes to concurrent treatment by more than one health care practitioner.
In brief, it is often simpler to allow one dominant treatment method to take place in a given time frame so you as the patient give that model a fair chance and not cloud it with other interventions.
The SCPT states a patient can only see one Physical Therapist at a time.
The SCPT also states as long as the chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist or other health care professional is/are aware that you are seeing Lynne for treatment,
As long as each health care professional involved in your treatment does NOT have dis-similar or conflicting treatment philosophies, approaches, or care objectives,
As long as there is no duplication of service, meaning two professionals are treating you with the same methods, than you can continue treatment with each professional you desire to.
The SCPT states that if treatments amongst care professionals are not collaborative or are conflicting in nature, or if treatment duplicates service, than you as the patient must decide which professional to continue seeing and which to cease seeing for the time being.
Strength training does not achieve the same effect as skilled training.
Generally speaking, most patients present with mal-alignment shifts and poor control of those shifts. This means that any ballistic (fast movement, fast paced activity such as kick boxing, bootcamps, step aerobics, vertical training or jumping) or resisted activity (lifting loads, weights) needs to be avoided until the driving shift is resolved from an alignment and optimal-control-with-movement perspective.
Generally speaking, repetitious light aerobic activity such as walking, cycling, elliptical, or rowing are allowable assuming they are symptom-free or do not aggravate symptoms. This may also apply to gentle interval training, yoga, and pilates as examples, however, every patient will have individual guidelines to abide by until their driver is optimally controlled. Allowable exercise will be discussed on an individual basis.
As a physical therapist, Lynne strongly believes that every individual has the ability within themselves to heal, and that it is simply a health care professional’s job to coach, guide, empower, and educate you on how to attain your goals. Further, changing how you as a patient lives in your body requires you as the patient to actively partake in your own healing. The ISM methods are entirely incomparable, distinct, and unique from other conservative treatments, and really, the only journey is the one within.
“All power is from within and therefore under our control” – Robert Collier.
If you are involved in an active WCB or SGI claim, you need to attend a clinic that accepts WCB/ SGI claims. At this time Within does NOT accept WCB or SGI sponsored patients. At this time Within also does NOT accept RCMP, DVA, and other sponsored patients.
If, in your past, you went through a primary, secondary, and/or tertiary sponsored program through a WCB or SGI claim and that care is now ended, but you have lingering concerns with pain or activity performance, you can opt to attend Within. This would be under the full understanding that you are attending as a private patient, not a WCB or SGI sponsored patient, and thus fee for service applies to you. It would also be under the full understanding that no correspondence with SGI/WCB will occur unless required by law. If, for some reason, your WCB or SGI file is re-opened while you are attending Within, you will then have to cease treatment at Within and seek treatment from a care provider that accepts WCB/SGI claims.
Private patients may have access to funding if they have a supplemental health plan through their workplace, spouse, or health plan that was purchased personally. In these cases, receipts can be saved and submitted to the health plan (Blue Cross, Great West Life, Sunlife to name a few) for reimbursement. Each health plan varies in its coverage limit and whether or not a Doctor referral to physical therapy is required for reimbursement. A Doctor’s referral is not required, however, to access physical therapy services.
For patient’s who exceed their allotted coverage limit it is advised that you save receipts and speak to your accountant in regards to potential tax benefits on health related expenses.
The ISM believes it is important to consider the whole person, not just the external body.
“Visceral” refers to inner organs and just like the external body, the internal body can be assessed and treated in various gentle and non-invasive ways. Viscera may be important to address with respect to your current driver, and an impairment in the visceral system may cause, or be caused by, an external body shift or driver.
“Craniosacral” refers to our craniosacral system which simply means cranium (head) and sacrum (tailbone) as well as the connective tissues and nervous system tissues that join them. The craniosacral system includes the brain and spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, and various connective tissue such as the dura. Stress compromises the craniosacral system putting us at risk for illness, disease, and various ailments. Craniosacral therapy uses light touch to target deep tensions in the body to improve whole body health and pain.
“It is as though this craniosacral system is a “core” system where the control mechanisms of body, mind, emotion and spirit all come together… To utilize craniosacral therapy in diagnosis and treatment requires a particular point of view: that of seeing the individual as an integrated totality” – John E. Upledger
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