A therapeutic massage means you bring to a massage therapist a specific complaint. It may be pain in your hip, tight shoulders, or a spasm in your lower back (or even all three). This therapist will then follow the next four steps:
1. Assess your current condition. This includes taking a health history, asking how long you have experienced the pain, whether the onset was sudden, how you experience the pain, etc. You will also observed in the way you move, test your range of motion, and feel the tissue during the treatment for consistency and texture.
2. Propose a plan. Once I have a good idea of your condition, I will propose an approach to treatment. This might be a simple as focusing on your area of complaint — shoulders, lower back and right hip — instead of trying to do a full-body massage during one session. A recommendation of a series of sessions with an indication of the kind of progress can be expected during that time. If appropriate, I will recommend other ways of treating the area, such as using heat, ice, hydrotherapy, or stretches, and if needed I will refer you to another health professional for further assessment and treatment.
3. Perform the therapy. This is the actual massage, or treatment, based on the assessment and the plan you have agreed to.
4. Evaluate the outcome. At the end of the treatment, you and I will review the results. Is the pain less? Is there more mobility in the joint? Has your posture improved? On the basis of the results, then we can discuss additional sessions and the frequency. If you come every week, for instance, you’ll see quicker progress than if you wait two or three weeks between sessions. An evaluation will take place at the end of each session to determine the continued course of therapy.
It may sound very involved, but as an experienced therapist I can do the assessment and propose a plan quickly. I have the ability to assess your condition and create positive change within your system. I have had success with Frozen Shoulder, TMJ, Sciatic nerve impingement and many other conditions.
Please contact me if you have any questions about your health care.