Some commonly answered questions about soft tissue therapy treatment
On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important, as I will need to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medication. I will listen to your concerns, your story and collate information about your previous injuries even as far back as childhood.
I will then assess your individual needs through movement, and muscle coordination tests as well as other factors that may be contributing to your pain. (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc).
I will explain my findings and then we'll develop a plan of care with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.
Some treatment will be given. The plan includes:
- how many times you should see me per week
- how many weeks you will need therapy
- your commitment to the plan doing homework
- what is expected after discharge from therapy.
It is very much a two way relationship working through the plan together step by step and ensuring it is finished before being discharged.
If you have any feelings of anxiety about the therapy then please tell me at the first meeting.
I will help you to relax with breathing techniques before any hands on treatment is conducted. As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when soft tissue therapy can cause some discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes and no technique of this nature is used without the soft tissue therapist first discussing it with you and obtaining your permission. A comfort scale will be established and the therapist will work to your tolerance level. You can stop or change the treatment at any time and I will modify my techniques to meet your needs.
You should feel relief after the first treatment. However, as many issues are the result of years of habitual behaviours/actions, a course of treatments may be needed to achieve longer, lasting success.
Guidance will also be given regarding posture, therapeutic stretches and other lifestyle aspects to assist in sorting out the problem. It is vital to finish all stages of the programme even when the pain has gone