As of Friday, May 1st, Massage Therapy at Apex will resume (yeah!). Our massage team has been waiting patiently to serve your pain management needs. We continue to monitor ND Department of Health, ABMP, APTA, CDC & OSHA standards of practice and make changes to policies as more information becomes available.
Apex has been changing, adding, and adapting our cleaning and procedures since the beginning of the pandemic and we plan on continuing to grow and change with this virus to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Apex, as a facility, has remained open with strict sanitation & patient flow protocols in order to keep all of us as safe as possible. Some of these protocols that have already been administered are:
- Heightened Sanitization procedures/Hand Washing requirements
- Limitations on waiting room accessibility
- All treatment sessions are by appointment only-no walk-ins
- Call Check-ins are required with a personal escort back to your designated treatment room by your therapist
- Screening questions at every visit
- Thermometer available for temperature checks if suspected symptoms enter the clinic
- A requirement of facemasks by therapists in contact with patients/clients (patients may wear facemasks as well)
- Staggered work schedules & limited hours of employees keeping our numbers in the clinic less than usual
- Social distancing within clinic walls
- Additional time between patients/clients to ensure proper sanitization of rooms
- Development of policies and procedures for prompt identification and isolation of sick staff and patients.
- Addition of Telehealth services for Physical Therapy clients
With all these measures in place, we are here to serve you by helping your pain and stress levels. We know that this virus has contributed to elevated stress, anxiety, blood pressure, physical or psychosomatic pain to name a few–all of which can be reduced with regular massage.
The biggest benefit of massage at this time is how it can strengthen the body’s immune system. It is a well-known fact that individuals who experience high levels of stress are more vulnerable to illness and injury. When stress is combined with sleep disturbances and poor nutrition, the impact is directed at the body’s immune system. Its ability to naturally protect itself against infections, pathogens, viruses and bacteria is greatly reduced. Studies have indicated that regular massage sessions not only help reduce stress but can also boost the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and enhances the body’s ability to deliver nourishment. Moreover, massage therapy can be a great addition to any exercise program. Much like regular exercise can keep the body fine-tuned, regular massage therapy can help keep the immune system strong and resilient.
Here are a few more things you can do to keep your mind/body/spirit healthy during this time of social distancing.
- Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands & sanitize with 60% alcohol-based product if you do not have access to soap and water. Do this EVERY time you touch something outside of your normal workspace.
- Continue to practice social distancing (6 feet apart) and wearing a mask when in contact with objects outside of your home.
- Get good sleep, exercise, and eat nutritious food. (It is finally grilling season!)
- Know the trends, but do not spend too much time on social media and watching the news—it can be overwhelming and all-consuming. Make sure you have credible resources for your information. Be informed but also disconnect from time to time.
- Socialize safely-Zoom calls, walks with your family, bike rides at safe distances, getting take-out and having a picnic in your front yard while waving at neighbors. There are still so many things you can do to be safe and still get some social time.
- Look into starting a new habit like reading for 20 minutes a day, meditation apps like Calm or Headspace, breathing apps like Ibreathe, or check out a yoga app called Down Dog. There is also a lot of free YouTube content out there that may help you keep your mental health in check.
Finally, if you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, please call and reschedule your appointment. We have loosened our cancellation policy in order to keep our clinic and staff as safe as possible. If you have any questions on whether you should come in or not, do not hesitate to call and ask. We can help you navigate if it is safe or not.
We are so grateful for such a great community who cares about its fellow members and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep everyone as safe as possible. We will continue to work diligently to keep our facility up to date with new guidelines as they evolve.