Treatment Plan For Massage
Starting a Treatment Plan
When starting a treatment plan for massage there are a few things to think about. Including: tension, injury, or quantity of knots. Location of these problems is also important as we want to prevent future injuries & structural issues to occur. Treatment plans MUST include a lot of communication between the therapist and the client. When followed diligently, treatment plans can help or even replace medication or other forms of treatment.
Time Frame For Treatment
The therapist determines how often a client should come in for a massage. Typically, the start of a treatment plan includes massage every 1-2 weeks. Once progress is being made, then the therapist works with the client to extend time between massages. Regular massage is always recommend to prevent problems, as we are always using our bodies, we should be always maintaining them.
Course of Treatment
Treatment begins with the problems that are the worst. These are typically causing pain, or interrupting the life of the client. Communication is again essential here. Discussing what the therapist finds and treatment that is given to the area is key. The therapist can also give tips for stretching, posture, and any other things that might help with healing.
Treatment plans are not set in stone. Just the opposite in fact. They are more “jello” like, and involve wiggle room for change. This happens most often when the plan is going better than expected, or when the client has injured the area further.
Sometimes there are conditions that massage will not affect. It will not make it better or make it worse, but can help deal with the symptoms. For example: arthritis. Massage cannot cure arthritis, but it could help manage the pain. This is tricky, because it is not best to massage when the client is having pain. If they receive massage when they are feeling good, it can keep the pain away.
Wrapping it up
Every client is different to their pain and their needs. Every client will have a different treatment plan and their outcome can also be different. Following through on your treatment plan can give you the best course of recovery.
-Natasha McNabb- LMT