Before attending your first Soft Tissue Therapy session it is important to think about the following questions. These are important questions that therapists should ask you before you commence treatment. It gives the opportunity for both parties to gain an understanding of exactly what the client would like to achieve, what the therapist believes is possible, and what will have to happen in order to achieve this.
At Central Sports Massage we will ask you:
– What is the reason for your visit?
– What result are you looking to achieve?
– When are you looking to achieve the desired goal by?
From this information we can then advise on:
– Whether we feel that we can help with your issue.
– What treatment approach we believe will be most effective.
– How realistic your desired result is:
– Can such a result be achieved in the desired time scale
– Is the end result achievable through soft tissue therapy
– Create awareness of need for ‘homework’ if results are to be realistic
What soft tissue therapy / sports massage is not:
In the majority of cases, especially those involving chronic/persistent pain, soft tissue therapy is not a 1 stop solution. Pain is a complex mechanism and it can take a lot more than 1 hour on the massage table to correct one’s problem. The first session should offer the client a good level of pain relief and increased mobility; this provides a great window of opportunity to continue the good work with effective exercises at home – guided by the therapist.
Without this, those positive effects will gradually begin to fade.
Soft tissue therapy should be thought of as a course of treatment that also requires the client to follow instructions from their therapist to work on their issue at home also.
In some cases, 1 soft tissue therapy sessions involving quality sports massage may be all that is required to completely resolve one’s pain symptoms. But the majority of client visits involve persistent pain, which may take more of a change in lifestyle habits than just 1 short session.
It is the role of the therapist to communicate this information. A person seeking treatment, of course, cannot be expected to know the ins and outs of what is attainable….the therapist should. It is important for the success of the treatment that the client’s expectations are managed and that they understand what treatment will entail, how long it may take, and what they will have to do in order to achieve their goal.
By having this initial conversation at the very beginning, both client and therapist will have an understanding of each other and the treatment plan that will follow. As a client, having that information upfront allows you to fully understand what the therapist’s aims are, and the confidence in the treatment plan to know that you may not walk out of that first session like a complete new person, but that with the right dedication to the end result, you will have the best possible chance of achieving it!