The most important thing I like to get across when asked this question is that we constantly assess our clients in Sports Therapy. Massage and release techniques are incredibly effective in reducing tension, reducing pain and increasing mobility but the truth is, if someone is working deep into your body and creating physiological changes they should really have a strong reason behind every technique they use. If you're not assessing, you're guessing is a phrase I like to go by.
In Sports Therapy we speak to you, ask you to move and move you ourselves in order to figure out if muscles/tendons/ligaments are short, tight, damaged, healing, healed, normal, under-active, over-active and why this might be. We record this essential information regularly and put personal plans into place that include a range of massage techniques, stretches, strength exercises, mobilizations as well as regular support.
The beauty behind following this method is that it is in-line with good code of practice and ethics. We see clients frequently at first however by ensuring progress is made clients get better and do not require an expensive long-term plan when simply unnecessary, which is initially a common worry amongst many people I see to begin with.
I hope if you are thinking about seeking help with any ailments you might have, this article helps you.
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