Ann Stanton, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-UE


has become Board Certified in Biofeedback.  Ann joins an elite group of professionals who have met the education, clinical, ethical, and exam criteria required in order to become a certified provider of biofeedback services.  Ann, as a CHT, is experienced in pre & postoperative management of orthopedic and neurological injuries, trauma, wounds, tendon and nerve injuries, as well as arthritic conditions. Biofeedback benefits those with tension headaches, anxiety, hypertension, TMJ, nerve injury, as well as musculoskeletal pain and CRPS.


What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a safe and effective method of creating new postural habits for long term health and comfort using information from your own body.  Biofeedback, when provided in a therapeutic setting with specialists in upper body rehabilitation, provides the bridge from injury to full function.   Full function for the long term!  Biofeedback equips each person with physiological awareness for success, for pain reduction that lasts…Biofeedback helps people help themselves!

How does biofeedback work?

Similar to a blood pressure device or EKG, a surface EMG biofeedback instrument reads physiological information and translates it into visual or auditory information.  One simple example of how this may be used in a therapy session involves monitoring neck muscles during sitting, standing, writing, or typing.  The muscle tension level is displayed on a computer screen and techniques for decreasing the tension while performing the activity are easily learned.

Do I need to see a doctor first?

No. The State of Maine allows any person to receive physical and occupational therapy for 10 visits or 30 days (whichever comes first) without a referral from a physician. However, certain insurers and insurance policy types require a referral before treatment will be authorized. Worker’s compensation does not allow treatment without a doctor’s referral. If you have any questions regarding your physical or occupational therapy benefits, please call your insurance company for information. We have provided an outline for your assistance when verifying physical and occupational therapy benefits.

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What can I expect during my first visit?

Upon your arrival you will check in with our front desk personnel. For your convenience, the New Patient Introduction Letter and New Patient Registration Form may be downloaded and completed prior to your arrival. If you have not brought them with you, please arrive a few minutes early in order to complete these forms prior to your appointment. After the paperwork is completed, you will meet with your treating therapist in a one-on-one setting for a comprehensive evaluation. If time permits, you will then receive treatment for your condition. Please allow approximately 1 hour for the first initial visit. Subsequent visits are generally 30 to 45 minutes depending on your condition and your Plan of Care created by your treating therapist.

What will a treatment be like?

Because no two people and no two conditions are the same, we cannot say what your treatment will consist of until you are evaluated. Generally, visits are comprised of a combination of manual or hands-on treatment, therapeutic exercise, and modality such as moist heat, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation. Also, prefab or custom splinting may be appropriate for your condition and your custom “Plan of Care”.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

As a courtesy to our staff and your fellow patients, we kindly request that everyone arrive promptly for their scheduled appointment. Showing up late for an appointment may result in an abbreviated or canceled treatment session. Seacoast Hand Therapy prides itself on allotting enough time for one-on-one personalized treatment sessions, therefore, a missed or late appointment can greatly affect the patient’s treatment plan, the schedule, and fellow patients that are in need of a sooner appointment. Please call at least 24 hours in advance when you know that you will not be able to keep an appointment so that we may use this allotted time for another patient.

What will my insurance company cover and how much do I have to pay?

Since insurance policies vary and are usually individually specific, you may be responsible for deductibles, co-pays, and/or coinsurance due at the time of your visit. Please call your insurance company if you have any questions regarding your policy and the benefits available to you for physical and occupational therapy, as well as DME (durable medical equipment).

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