Have you heard of a Sports Massage Therapist before? Maybe you have received a treatment? Have a friend who is in the profession?
In this week’s blog, we want to introduce you to a Sports Massage Therapy by offering you a simple technique. This technique is used to perform a quick assessment of a client to get information and understand what treatment would follow.
As a Personal Trainer, learning Sports Massage therapy techniques will give you the knowledge and tools to assess and treat your client’s injuries. By upskilling yourself, you can help your client progress in the gym and in their day to day lives.
The 10-second press test is a quick simple way to select a treatment option for a client with a perceived muscles tightness.
SO TO PERFORM THE TEST, FOLLOW THE METHOD SHOWN BELOW:
Apply pressure to the area of discomfort, continue to apply the pressure until the client’s pain reaches 7/10. Then keep that pressure for 10 seconds and to the maximum of 20 seconds.
During this time your client will experience one the follow reactions:
Following the client’s reaction, a level of inflammation will become apparent:
1. Pain increases: current inflammation on area where pressure point is used.
2. Pain remains constant: no inflammation nor trigger points react
3. Pain decrease: no inflammation; tissue is responding to trigger points being relaxed
When we assess the levels of inflammation within the client and pinpoint it’s location, we can then decipher which is the best possible treatment or technique to continue with. Throughout the process, we must remain professional and look for clients feedback throughout;
Verbal: Words used
Visual: Body language, eye contact or facial expression
Kinaesthetic: Tissue responses, muscles rightness or physical recoil.
This is one of many Sport Massage techniques that are used throughout treatment of clients. Does this interest you as a Personal Trainer or a gym fanatic? Learning to be a Sports Massage Therapist is a great way to advance your new or existing career in the fitness industry. Learn techniques like this and so much more in our Level 3 and 4 Sports Massage Therapy course.
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