Here at PhysioSteps, we are very excited to have a talented new Massage Therapist working with us, in Ashburton. So, with the brilliant Danyelle getting started this July, we asked her to give us a run-down on different types of massage. Here, Danyelle explains what goes into a typical initial Therapeutic Massage session
In a typical therapeutic massage session, there is always time taken at the beginning of the first appointment to get to grips with the client’s presenting condition/issue and perform assessments in order to create a treatment plan for the client. This initial assessment is important, so that we know exactly what is needed and importantly what the client wants. These assessments may include postural analysis, range of movement testing, functional testing or other special tests. The therapist will always explain carefully and guide you through these processes in order for it to be easy and efficient.
Once these assessments have been completed, a treatment plan can be formed based on which areas/muscles most importantly need to be addressed in the initial session followed by which areas can be focused on in following sessions. Once the treatment plan is created and agreed upon the massage session can begin. Following the massage, a re-assessment of a quick functional test or range of movement is completed in order to show any immediate improvements and give insight into whether the treatment plan has provided the results sought by the client.
Massage therapy, whether it is deep tissue, relaxation or sports, provides some amazing relief for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. From decreasing pain to increasing functioning, psychological and emotional relief to managing symptoms of your condition, massage is the answer!
Here are some common conditions massage therapy can help with: