Frequently Asked Questions.
Got any questions about Myoskeletal techniques or Sports Massage? The answers are likely to be found below. If they aren't then feel free to contact me on the information above or by using the online contact form here.
1. I've heard Sports Massage is painful. Is that true?
When done correctly sports massage should not in general be a painful experience. There are certain circumstances such as the breakdown of old scar tissue or friction work on tendons or ligaments that can result in a strong level of discomfort. That said, the professional therapist will always work at a level that is manageable for the client and still provides effective treatment. In most scenario's, eliciting pain during treatment is a bad idea not only because it is negative for the client, but also because it causes muscles to contract which is very often the opposite of what the treatment is trying to achieve. In my practice I always follow the philosophy of pain free treatment.
2. Do you use oils in your treatments?
Sometimes yes and sometimes no. If the client is looking for traditional sports massage the oil is always used. In many cases fascial and muscular release can be done through clothing and oil does not need to be applied. In some cases treatments work better 'skin on skin' and with the use of either a salve or a small amount of oil. In many cases the use of oil reduces the therapist's ability to 'hook' the fascia and makes release more difficult. For massage either pre or post exercise I would use oil as the work being done in those scenarios is not deep. Whether to use oil or not depends on the client and the treatment required.
3. Do I need to undress for treatment?
In some cases the client can undress and be draped in a sheet throughout the treatment. This works well if large, multiple areas are being worked on. Most often this is not needed however. Some people are not comfortable in this setting and so the use of towels or working through clothing is also an option. There would for example be no need to drape a client if we are doing some simple release work on the forearm.
4. Why do I need assessment?
The assessment is a crucial stage of the treatment process. Clients should be assessed not only before their first treatment, but also at ongoing intervals to check to see if the treatment is having the desired effect. It is incumbent on the therapist to ensure that the client has no medical conditions or other factors that would make treatment the wrong option. In short assessment is done to make sure the client is safe, receives the correct treatment, and to make sure the treatment is working.
5. I'm a little uncomfortable in a 1-1 setting. Can I bring a friend with me?
This is fine if you feel more comfortable this way, you just need to tell me about this in advance of the session. For children under 16 I always insist that a parent or guardian is present during treatment.
6. How often should I have massage or remedial treatment?
This can depend on a number of factors including your activity levels, any and what types of dysfunction are present in the body, not to mention how well you do any home exercises!
Many people receive regular massage treatment b/c they keep getting the same recurring problems. In my practice I always aim to tackle the causes of such problems so that very regular repeat treatment is not required. In reality, if you consistently need to go and see the therapist then it's very likely that the root cause of the problem is not being addressed.