COR Massage Therapy Philosophy
Unable to do something you love? Whether you’re unable to sit at work, swim in the pool, swing your golf club, feel stressed at work or can’t do something else you love, it is time to find a solution.
COR Massage Therapy takes a full body approach helping find solutions to many problems preventing many from doing what they love. Our full body integration helps discover the root cause of the injury and identify the source of treatment. This allows us to leave patients feeling better at each treatment. This is the ultimate goal, to make you better. In fact, our President, Dr. John Mullen, DPT, coined our motto “making you better”.
Many people have seen multiple massage therapists and medical professionals, creating skepticism of these claims. Sometimes other treatments provide short-term relief, while others provide no relief. Sometimes people are just given medication, told to rest, or sent straight to surgery! We don’t just turn down the pain signals with electrical stimulation, ice, and pain medications, we unlock the cause of your problem and find the solution!
You should be skeptical when you hear these claims, as talk is cheap. Therefore, world-renowned and International speaker Dr. John, DPT ensures a streamlined and cost-effective treatment approach. “Making you better” isn’t only our motcto, but our philosophy.
**A late cancellation fee of $50 will be applied to massage therapy cancelled or changed 24-hours before service date.
How to Schedule Your First Visit and What to Expect
1. Find an open time that works for you and schedule your initial appointment using our Appointment Widget below. You will be asked to create a free account that can be used for all future appointments. You may also call us at (408) 905-6483 to schedule an appointment.
2. Please arrive at your appointment with your intake and waiver paperwork completed. Please complete it online if possible.
3. We will copy your insurance card if you wish to use your insurance for massage. Some insurances cover this service if you want to find out you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 905-6483.
4. You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the massage therapist.
The therapist will perform a systematic subjective evaluation, conversing on the following topics:
• Your current problems, aches, and pains.
• Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
• How often you feel your discomfort.
• How the discomfort changes during the day.
• If you’ve seen any other medical professionals and your experience with them.
• Your medical history.
• How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.
• Your goals with massage therapy.
• Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.
The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
• Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
• Range of Motion (ROM) – the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
• Muscle Testing – the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
• Neurological Screening – the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
• Special Tests – the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
• Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
Unlike other facilities, we don’t overly test our patients, especially on their first day, ensuring no soreness or worsening of symptoms.
After this initial evaluation, we start helping you feel better, starting the first day!
What Should You Bring to Massage Therapy?
Please bring the following to each visit:
• Comfortable clothes, allowing the therapist to access the area (and surrounding areas) being treated. We suggest a t-shirt and shorts.
For example, if you have want to have your knee worked on, it is best to wear or bring shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top or sports bra is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can get to the area and perform a thorough examination. If you’re not sure, please call us and ask.
InsuranceWe are in-network providers for (if checking our coverage, check under “Mullen Physical Therapy, INC”):
• United Health Care
• Blue Shield
• Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas
• International Medical Group
• Worker’s Comp
We are out-of-network providers of all other insurances. If you are unsure of your benefits or medical coverage or how to use a health savings account (HSA) for these services, please contact us at email@example.com or (408) 905-6483.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Location of Massage Therapy at COR
3530 Lochinvar Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95051
Conditions Successfully Treated
• Strain / sprain
• Tension Headaches
• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
• Herniated Discs
• Instability / Spondyololysis
• Sciatica – Instability
• Impingement Syndrome
• Rotator Cuff Tendonitis / Tear
• Lateral / Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfers elbow)
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles Tendon Tear / tendonitis
• Pre or /Post-Surgical Rehab
• Chronic Pain / Fibromyalgia
• Balance / Gait Impairments
• Dizziness / Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
• Tempromandibular Joint Point
• Much More!
Our Massage Therapist
Coach Leslie Avalos
Leslie Graduated with Honors from San Jose State University with A.B.S in Occupational Therapy.She is certified Personal Trainer with a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
She had always had an aspiration for helping improve the quality of life of those around her. While working as a Massage Therapist she quickly learned the importance of educating her clients of maintaining proper body movements and how to incorporate good habits into their commonly lives.During her time at San Jose University, she grew a love for fitness as it helped her function her best during stressful situations. She’s enthusiastic’s about fitness and enjoy’s educating and motivating others to push past boundaries and find inspiration within them.
She grew up right here in The Bay Area and has a huge fascination for Adventure! When she isn’t Socializing, Energizing, and connecting with her clients she is spending quality time with her Daughter playing basketball, Reading and education book, Daring her friends to Skydive with her, Exploring the deep blue, Working out or simply enjoying a Relaxing Walk.
Her Motto is simply embrace all of life’s challenges, appreciate how far you’ve come and strive to become the best version of yourself everyday!
A no-show or late cancellation fee (less than 24 hours notice before the session) results in a 50% penalty of services rendered.
Helpful Resources and Frequent Questions
Q? Can I go directly to a massage therapist?
A. You can go directly to your California massage therapist.
Q? How long will each treatment last?
A. We offer both 30- and 60-minute sessions. On your first session, please complete ahead of time the paperwork or arrive 10 minutes early.
Q? How many visits will I need?
A. Ahh, the million dollar question. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is highly variable and really depends on your goals and current condition. It is important to take into account that normal tissue healing time is around 6-8 weeks and training effects (physiological change in response to strengthening or stretching exercises) are also 6-8 weeks. These may overlap. You may also want and need a bigger response, depending, again, on your goals. All of these factors must be taken into consideration, and that’s why there isn’t a good one-size-fits-all answer.
For some simple and straightforward conditions, you may only need to work with your massage therapist for 3-4 visits.
If your condition is more complicated, chronic or you have particularly enthusiastic or ambitious goals, then you may expect that your plan of care will take longer. This does not necessarily mean the frequency of visits will remain the same. Your visits may become more spaced out as you become more independent, stronger and are working less on movement and more on strength and endurance.
You and your massage therapist will discuss your individualized plan of care near the end of your first visit. Depending on your goals and injury or issue, your plan of care could look something like this: 2 times per week for the first 2 weeks, once per week for 4 weeks, and once every other week for 4 more weeks (or 2 visits over 4 weeks). This, including the initial visit and evaluation, would total 11 visits.
Q? Why is massage therapy a good choice?
A. More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, an ABC News/Stanford study revealed that pain in America is a serious problem. However, many do not even know that massage therapist are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its root cause.
Massage therapists are experts at soft tissue care, the main source of many aches and pains, as well as soreness.
Q? Who pays for treatment?
A. In some cases, health insurance will cover a portion of your treatment, sometimes most of it. When you contact us to schedule your first visit, we will collect your insurance information and call them to get your benefits, so you will know as much as they will tell us about what they will cover.
Q? Is massage therapy painful?
A. For many, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques and correctly identify the root cause of pain. Our goal at COR is pain resolution at each session. Therefore, do not expect pain, but pain relief with COR massage therapy.
Q? What will I have to do after physical therapy?
A. It may be recommended that you continue with home exercises or a gym program. At COR, we offer various programs ranging from one-on-one personal training or boot camp. While we always advocate regular exercise to stay healthy, sometimes it is not necessary for people to continue specific massage therapy exercises to return to normal daily activities. What is best for you will largely depend on your goals. This is for you and for your benefit, after all.
Q? What happens if my problem or pain returns?
A. Sometimes symptoms recur. One of our primary goals is that you don’t re-injure yourself. To prevent recurrence, we teach each patient what to do if the pain reoccurs.
Occasionally an old injury is irritated, what we often refer to as a “flare up”. If you have a flare up (exacerbation), give us a call. We may suggest you come back to see us, return to your doctor, or simply modify your daily activities or exercise routine. But we will only know after talking with you.