Your remedial massage treatment will always begin an assessment and finish with a re-assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and discuss modifying the treatment plan for next session if necessary.
Generally when you first attend the assessment will take 10 – 20 minutes. Assessment time in subsequent sessions will generally be much shorter (unless a new injury or dysfunction has occurred). Assessment time is included in your treatment time. However rest assured that it is time very well spent as it will ensure we can plan the hands-on portion of the treatment to be much more effective.
Generally your assessment will at minimum include a verbal assessment and postural assessment. It may also include range of motion testing, muscle strength and function testing, special orthopedic tests and gait and biomechanical analysis.
During the verbal assessment your therapist will ask you a range of questions to assist them to identify the primary goal for your treatment as well as any dysfunction you wish addressed. Whilst some questions may not seem to relate directly to your goals, please be patient and answer as honestly and comprehensively as possible. We need to collect a wide range of information about your health and wellbeing, pain and adverse sensation patterns, loss of function and impact on work / life activity, as well as sleep, exercise, activity and lifestyle patterns to ensure we have a full picture of what is going on in your body. This will help us to really narrow down the probably causes of your dysfunction as well as provide effective suggestions for lifestyle changes that may assist your recovery.
Postural assessment involves your massage therapist observing you standing so that your bone structures and muscles can be seen. Your therapist will be comparing one side of the body with the other and will be able to identify any postural patterns or factors that might predispose to the presenting problem or it recurring.
Range of motion testing involves your therapist asking you to move different parts of your body to identify any restrictions or pain on movement. It is really important for you to only move inside of the range of pain and to let your therapists know when there is any pain or adverse sensation. We encourage you to decline to perform a movement if you know it is going to be provocative and cause ongoing pain.
Special orthopedic tests are advanced physical functional tests to help us to determine what structures in your body might be contributing to your dysfunction – nerve, joint, muscle, ligament, bone etc. Some tests may be provocative. In some cases your therapist will still encourage you to work with them to perform the test, however again you are welcome to decline if you are concerned it will cause too much pain.
Once the assessment is complete your therapist will happily discuss their findings with you, make a recommendation for treatment plan and number of sessions required for expected outcomes, and gain your consent to proceed with an agreed treatment plan.