Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What should I expect during a RAPID treatment?

RAPID is a manual (hands-on) treatment that uses a combination of techniques. Typically, there will be a continuous cycle of evaluation and treatment throughout the session, as your therapist manually detects where there are problem-areas and how they need to be addressed. Much of your treatment will consist of palpation, in which your therapist will move his or her hands over specific areas to evaluate factors such as the tightness and movement of various musculoskeletal parts (including muscles, joints, nerves, ligaments, and fascia). In some cases, your therapist may ask you to make a specific movement during the treatment to make his/her motions more effective.

Q: Will it be painful or uncomfortable?

A: Stimulating the neurological system in a way that reduces restrictions can be somewhat uncomfortable. However, this slight discomfort is perfectly normal and part of the healing process. 

Q: Why should I try RAPID?

A: RAPID NFR is, as the name suggests, a very fast way to remove pain and restore function. Many clients have found themselves able to return to their normal activities and routines, even after years of pain or after a serious injury. RAPID can be used to treat acute conditions or chronic conditions, making it an excellent option for most people suffering from ongoing pain. 

Q: What should I wear to my appointment?

A: RAPID can be performed with clothing, but it is highly recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment to allow both you and your therapist ease of movement. 



Osteopathic Articular Technique:

Manual osteopaths use this technique to reduce muscle spasms near a joint, ease neurological irritations around a joint, make joints more mobile, and reduce pain and discomfort. The articular technique involves gently moving two joint surfaces. Before doing this, manual osteopaths carefully prepare the soft tissues around the treatment area. They also move the client into a position that will minimize or eliminate the energy and force needed to perform the maneuver. Many clients find this technique less forceful than joint manipulations.


Soft Tissue Manipulation:

The practitioner uses soft tissue manipulation in many different ways. In general, they use it to evaluate the condition of tissues and to help the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing reduces harmful fluid retention and improves the capabilities of the body’s immune system. Soft tissue manipulation works with the fascia, which is soft tissue that connects all of the body’s structures at superficial and deep levels. Practitioners evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction and then use soft tissue manipulation to ensure the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced. Throughout the treatment, manual osteopaths keep checking on the state of the body’s tissues. If one technique isn’t working to correct a restriction, they’ll use another approach instead. Above all, manual osteopaths try to restore health without overtreating.


Cranial Osteopathy:

This is a very gentle osteopathic technique, and it requires the most experience to use effectively. Manual osteopaths use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum, and other parts of the body. The goal of this technique is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other fluids. To learn this technique, manual osteopaths undergo intensive training to develop a precise cranial technique. Through this training, their hands become sensitive to cranial mobility so they can provide diagnoses and treatments. Manual osteopaths aim at treating the body’s inherent biorhythm. They are able to feel this rhythm in the client’s head, spinal cord, sacrum, and throughout the rest of the body, and can use the biorhythm to assess the patient’s condition and potentially modify it during treatment.

Visceral Manipulation:

Manual osteopaths use visceral manipulation to treat the organs of the body, including the lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, bladder, and uterus. Clients may have been experiencing pain in one or more of these organs, or the viscera may be less pliable than it should be. Manual osteopaths gently move the structures themselves and the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds them to restore full movement. Most clients treated with visceral manipulation feel only the gentle pressure of the manual osteopath’s hand, but the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, increase blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.

Q: How many appointments will I need?

Many issues can be resolved in about 2-8 sessions. However, as is the case in many soft-tissue treatments, the number of treatments you’ll need will vary based on your condition, whether it is acute or chronic, and the severity of your injury or condition. Your qualified RAPID NFR therapist in St. Albert will provide you with a treatment plan after your first session so you know how many treatments you may need. You may also need maintenance treatments occasionally after your pain is resolved. 

Q: Who should book a RAPID treatment in St. Albert?

RAPID NFR can work well for anyone with chronic pain or for those with current or past injuries or trauma. Neurological pain can arise for many reasons, including inflammation, micro-tearing, hypoxia (not getting enough oxygen to a specific area). 

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