What to expect in your Sports Massage appointment
At your first appointment, you will be asked a number of questions to help understand the causes of your problem and help identify what it may be. These will involve taking some personal details about you (eg DOB), questions about your medical history, current sporting activities, occupation etc. Questions regarding the problem will then follow, asking about the pain, location, frequency etc. We will also go through any cautions and contraindications that may stop you from being able to have the massage.
Postural Assessment and examination
Before beginning treatment, a postural assessment and range of movement examination will need to be carried out. Postural assessments are used to see if there are any abnormalities and if the problem is being caused due to something else. Range of movement will be tested to help identify if the problem is muscular, joint structure or something else. These assessments and examinations will often require some clothing to be removed so as to examine the tissues more closely and palpate different structures.
It is advised that clients should take it easy for 24-48 hours following treatment. This allows the body time to heal and for cells to repair. Drink plenty of water, rest, and you may be advised to carry out some exercises or stretches to help.