How Our Treatment Works
COVID-19 information is listed at bottom of this page.
To offer comprehensive treatment, and offer the best chance of success, we must have information about you.
The Intake Interview
We’ll start with a detailed interview/history, establish your chief complaint, secondary complaints (there usually is), length of time that you have had the symptoms, medical diagnosis of your case, what therapies you may have already tried, your general stress levels, activity levels, medical issues, current medications, allergies, contraindications, and other pertinent information. This interview is part of your ≥ 90 minute initial appointment.
Your Treatment and Assessment
Unless there are contraindications, we treat everyone (young/elderly, athletic/ or not-so-athletic), who suffers with chronic/acute pain or other non-pain symptoms related to TrPs.
The treatment is not your typical massage (because it’s not really a massage). We do not use needles; however, there will be some discomfort when we manually compress your trigger points (sorry).
We will be continually communicating with you as we locate and work on the involved muscles (e.g. if you say “ouch”, we’ll say “sorry” and perhaps if needed, lighten-up on the pressure).
Throughout the treatment we’ll tell you the names of all the muscles that are involved and explain their function and possible connection to your chief complaint. As well, we firmly believe that you should be checked-over (head to toe assessment) to see if any other TrPs are lurking about… we won’t necessarily treat them on your first visit, but you’ll be advised of their existence. It’s sort of like a mechanic checking your car and catching problems before they get bad and your wheels fall-off. This is especially valuable information for you athletic folks.
We’ll also tell you the function of any other muscle you would like to know about (simply point to it, or name it – we’ll tell you about it). We consider this valuable information, because when you understand how your musculoskeletal body works, it can be a powerful practical/psychological tool towards a successful healing process.
After your first visit, you may have some pain at the areas that have been treated, or perhaps notice that you now have a new and/or different type of pain. This is not unusual especially if you’ve had a long history of symptoms. It usually only lasts a day or two and then things settle down.
There is a possibility of some bruising after the first session. This is not too common, but it can happen. Usually if bruising occurs it will be at the buttocks or thigh area, but it can occur elsewhere on the body.
You may feel drowsy or tired after a treatment – this is the most common after-effect. Or you may feel energized for the rest of the day. We have clients who say that they sleep quite well through the night after they’ve had a trigger point treatment – a pleasant possible side-effect.
You will need to drink plenty of water after your Trigger Point Therapy session. This helps flush the metabolic waste that has been released during the treatment – your kidneys will thank you.
Moist heat is the preferred ‘thermal’ method for the treated areas. If you cannot apply moist heat then a ‘beanbag’ or hot water bottle will suffice. I don’t usually advise prolonged use of electric heating pads – it’s the electro-magnetic field thing that concerns me. A warm/hot bath preferably with some Epsom salts, is an excellent post-treatment soother for the involved muscles. It’s also a great way to de-stress at the end of any day!
We like vascular dilation – so please do not ice trigger points (or the muscles that have trigger points) unless we specifically tell you to do so! Icing these muscles will typically make things worse by causing the muscle tissue and blood vessels to contract and consequently the trigger points re-forming.
Keep in mind that any type of prolonged chilling to the skin (e.g. cool air or swimming) can serve to allow trigger points to perpetuate or re-establish in the muscle we are treating.
Maybe Some Homework?
For those who want homework, we will advise you regarding what you can do at home to expedite and encourage healing (including self-treatment) to the involved muscles.
Note: We typically suggest getting yourself a copy of Clair Davies and Amber Davies self-treatment book. The illustrations and explanations can make your homework much easier to follow and thereby, more effective.
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
Ideally you should plan on having your follow-up treatment within 1 week of the initial treatment. Some clients come in 2 or 3 times per week. The frequency of treatment depends on several factors such as case severity, budget, schedule constraints, and your response to treatment.
In some cases, should you want, we’ll book daily sessions (yes, you’ll have a comprehensive treatment every day). Unless there are contraindications, this daily treatment schedule is suggested to virtually all out-of-town clients who are staying in our city.
COVID-19 and Client Safety Policy
Our office is currently open for client treatments.
However, scheduling is modified to mitigate possible COVID-19 transmission.
Continued services may be effected by government health guidelines.
Please review our policy so we can all be as safe as possible.
- If you are not feeling well, or believe you may be unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is COVID positive, call us to cancel and please stay home.
- Clients must be in good health to receive treatment i.e. no fever, cough, flu-like symptoms or ANY symptoms that could be related to a viral or other infection.
- All clients when in office and during treatment will wear a mask. Non-medical masks are acceptable, understanding that these have limitations. If a mask interferes with a medical condition, this requirement may be waived.
- Practitioner will wear mask during treatment.
- Hand sanitizer and/or hand washing will be available to clients.
- Hand washing before and after treatment is mandatory for practitioner.
- Only 1 client at any time in the office. Clients to arrive at their scheduled appointment time and are advised to not arrive earlier, as there will not be a waiting room option.
- Between client appointments all touch surfaces including door handles, washroom fixtures, chair surfaces, and massage table will be cleaned (disinfected).
- All sheets/linens will be sanitized and fresh for each client.
- Only bottled water will be available, but clients are encouraged to bring their own refreshments.
- Payment for service can be made via debit/credit cards, cheque, cash, or bank e-transfer.
This website and it’s contents is for information purposes only. The contents and opinions expressed are not intended, nor should be interpreted as medical advice. We recommend consulting your primary health care provider before beginning any type of bodywork program or implementing self-treatment techniques.
William Huhn or William Huhn Method™ is not a Trigger Point Therapy school, nor an accredited institute, and makes no claim regarding such status. William Huhn or William Huhn Method™ assumes no responsibility for any person who uses/employs Trigger Point techniques either as a William Huhn Method™ certificate holder, or as a prospective WHM™ bodyworker.
Many physical therapies are effective, and William Huhn Method™ and “Client Testimonials” on this website, does not endeavour to diminish the efficacy of other therapies or bodywork.