The focus of my massage therapy services is to relieve pain related to musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunctions. I use the disciplines of orthopedic massage, active isolated stretching and neuromuscular therapy to accomplish this.
There are four easy steps of my process:
Step 1: Analysis
The purpose of your first session is to gather a thorough history and do an assessment that gives me the information I need to formulate a treatment plan. I use orthopedic testing (passive and resisted tests and range of motion) to determine the source of your pain. This step is essential as it not only tells me what structures are damaged and need treatment, but may also reveal information that tells me that my treatment may not be appropriate. In this case, I would then refer you to another health practitioner who can help. The orthopedic testing is invaluable because the tests offer an objective view, adding an information source that is more clear than palpation alone.
Step 2: Strategy
When I have completed the orthopedic assessment, I then analyze my data to determine what structures are injured. I can then create a treatment plan that includes how often you will need to come in and for how long. At this time, I can more clearly describe what techniques will be used to heal your injury. For example, if you have a lateral ankle sprain, I would start by using deep tranverse friction massage to heal the ligament involved. As the ligament heals, I would then incorporate Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) to help you regain full range of motion. Every pain problem requires a specific strategy for healing.
Step 3: Work
Now we are ready to begin the work of healing. In general, a recent injury will take 4-6 weeks to heal while a long-standing injury may take 8-12 weeks. These are generalizations, of course, that will vary based on your own individual healing capacity. As you can see, healing is not “one size fits all”.
Step 4: Results
As I mentioned previously, people heal at different rates based on many factors. Some of the factors that will impact speed of healing include the age of the injury, whether it´s a repetitive injury, your general health, and whether you are able to avoid reinjury during the period of treatment and recovery. Most people experience a gradual reduction of pain, combined with greater body awareness and flexibility.