Frequently Asked Questions

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How much does it cost?

Your 30 minute Initial exam and treatment is $90. Additional visits are 15 or 30 minutes depending on severity of your condition and cost $45 and $90 respectively.

Can I file for out of network reimbursement?

Yes. We can give you a statement that has the appropriate coding so that you can submit your visits to insurance and be reimbursed according to their allowed amounts. This varies depending on the insurance company and we don’t keep that information updated as to what patients end up getting reimbursed for. If you have questions on this we are happy to help.

Does it hurt?

Usually patients say it “hurts good.”  However, sometimes the techniques that Dr. Carlston uses, can at times be uncomfortable if there is scar tissue or a chronic muscle pattern that is causing your problem.

How can I learn more about what Dr. Carlston does?

Some of the techniques Dr. Carlston uses are combinations of the techniques below:

  • Osteopathy
  • Rolfing
  • Acupressure
  • Trigger Point Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Mindfulness breathwork
  • S.O.T. (Sacro Occipital Technique)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Craniosacral
  • Applied Kinesiology (AK)
  • Chinese Medicine

Dr. Carlston has also started teaching his technique. Check out for more info!

Do you take insurance?

To be able to spend more time with you, Dr. Carlston hasn’t contracted with insurance companies. Because of this, insurance companies don’t pull the strings and he can do what’s best for you.

Can I pay for it with my FSA or HSA card?


What can I expect on my first visit?

During your first visit for pain relief, Dr. Carlston will ask you about your condition and do a thorough exam to determine what might be causing the pain.

After this exam, he will treat you according to what he finds to help you get relief as quickly as possible. He may also give you some stretches to do on your own.

Depending on the severity of your condition, you’ll then schedule a follow-up visit to continue your progress.

The techniques Dr. Carlston uses are very diverse and involve anything from acupressure (like acupuncture without needles) to deep tissue massage.

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Have you ever had a bad massage experience?

Yes, I have had a bad massage experience. I had a massage that was too hard, and the massage therapist did not take the time to find out what kind of pressure I was comfortable with. As a result, I was sore and uncomfortable for days afterwards.

What should I do for the painful tingling sensation occurring in both the pinky and thumb area in both hands?

If you are experiencing a painful tingling sensation in your pinky and thumb area in both hands, it is important to see a doctor to determine the cause. The tingling may be caused by a nerve disorder, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a pinched nerve. It could also be caused by an injury or inflammation in the area. A doctor can diagnose the cause and provide treatment options. Treatment may include medications, physical therapy, or even surgery, depending on the cause.

Is it better to sleep on the right side or the left side?

The best side to sleep on is whichever is most comfortable for you. Generally, sleeping on your left side is thought to be better for digestion, while sleeping on your right side may be better for those with heartburn. However, there is no one definitive answer as everyone’s sleep needs and preferences are different.

Is it safe to adjust oneself?

Yes, in most cases, it is safe to adjust oneself. However, it is important to be aware of your own limitations and to make sure that you are not overstretching or straining your body. If you experience any pain or discomfort, it is best to stop and seek medical advice.

What can I do to stretch the psoas muscle while sleeping and/or sitting?
  1. To stretch the psoas muscle while sleeping, try lying on your back and placing a pillow or rolled up towel beneath your knee. This will gently stretch the psoas muscle as you sleep. 
  2. To stretch the psoas muscle while sitting, try doing the psoas stretch. Start by sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Bend your left leg and place your left foot against the inside of your right thigh, keeping your left knee facing out. Reach your right arm towards the ceiling and lean your torso to the left as you press your left hip forward. Hold this posture for 30-60 seconds, then switch sides.
What activities and exercises can I take up after a slip disc?
  1. Core Strengthening Exercises: Planks, bridges, side planks, and lateral planks are all good exercises to help strengthen the core. 
  2. Stretching: Gentle stretching of the back and abdominal muscles can help to reduce pain and improve flexibility. 
  3. Low-Impact Aerobic Exercise: Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and biking can help to promote healing and improve overall health. 
  4. Yoga: Yoga can help to improve flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as reduce stress and improve overall mental health. 
  5. Pilates: Pilates helps to improve core strength, flexibility, and balance. 
  6. Aquatic Therapy: Aquatic therapy can help to reduce pain and improve overall strength and mobility.
How do I fix a chronically tight/sore psoas and gluteus minimus?
  1. Improve your posture: Poor posture can put strain on your psoas and gluteus minimus. Make sure you are sitting and standing with your back straight, your shoulders relaxed and your head up. 
  2. Stretch: Stretching can help to alleviate tightness and soreness in the psoas and gluteus minimus. Try gentle stretches such as a standing hamstring stretch, hip flexor stretch, and standing quad stretch. 
  3. Foam Roll: Foam rolling can be a great way to reduce tension in the psoas and gluteus minimus. Roll the affected area for several minutes, allowing the muscle to release and relax. 
  4. Strengthen: Strengthening the surrounding muscles can help to relieve tension and soreness in the psoas and gluteus minimus. Try exercises such as clamshells, bridges, squats, and deadlifts. 
  5. Massage: Massage can be a great way to reduce tension in the psoas and gluteus minimus. Using a foam roller, massage the affected area for several minutes to release tension and increase blood flow.

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