Patient information

Patient information Sheet

At Re:Align Pilates we apply the Fascial Manipulation – Stecco method. If this is your first experience with this method we invite you to read this information sheet. In this way you will know more about the method and can collaborate with your therapist for the best outcome.

Before the treatment:

The therapist will ask you some questions about

1. your main problem e.g. how did your pain start, where is it located, how long has it been present, what movement(s) aggravate(s) the pain and if the pain is worse in the morning afternoon or night.

2. any other problems you may have at present

3. previous problems, such as fractures, traumas, surgery, internal dysfunctions (recurrent cystitis, colitis, gastritis, thyroid cysts, ovarian cysts…etc)

4. whether you are taking any medicine and what type

During the treatment: You will be asked to perform some movement tests. Then the therapist will palpate specific points on your body. You will be asked to describe any sensations you have during these tests e.g. where and when you feel pain either while you move or when a particular point is being palpated. The therapist will then choose a series of points to treat. Treatment can be uncomfortable but discomfort usually reduces within a few minutes. During treatment you can always ask the therapist to use less pressure or to give you a rest. While a point is being treated it is useful if you can report any sensations that may arise e.g. pins and needles, burning, pain extending to other areas.

After treatment:

1. Immediately after treatment movement should be easier and less painful. A slight sensation of dizziness or light-headedness can be present.

2. In the first 3 days, the points that were treated can be sore and your symptoms may get worse because an inflammatory phase sets in. If necessary, you can take some paracetamol.

Next session:

The following treatment session will be planned after at least one week to allow time for the post-treatment stage to be completed. Your therapist is happy to answer any questions you may have concerning the method itself, and how to make the most of this treatment.