techniques are used when soft tissues of the body are causing pain
and/or dysfunction. The focus of the session is to address the soft
tissue pain and dysfunction. The client often feels more relaxed after
the therapy due to elimination or diminishment of pain. Before the
hands-on part of a rehabilitative session begins, a careful assessment
of soft-tissue problems is needed.
between the client and therapist will help identify work needed. This
part of the session frequently takes longer than the assessment phase
of a relaxation session. Rehabilitative massage also differs from
relaxation massage in several other ways.
important difference is the amount of verbal exchange between therapist
and client. During relaxation sessions there may be little or no verbal
exchange between therapist and client or verbal exchange may take the
form of chatting. During a rehabilitative session, on the other hand,
verbal exchange is essential to assist the therapist in providing the
most beneficial treatment. This verbal exchange may be information
relayed from client to therapist about changes in tissue discomfort.
Good communication is also needed during change of client position that
is often needed to address a particular problem. The therapist may also
request the client to use the muscle being treated in a very specific
massage techniques are not painful to receive. A trained therapist will
monitor the reactions of the client and modify techniques accordingly.
The therapy does not have to hurt to help. Treatment manual therapies
have precise protocols applied in specific ways to address particular
dysfunction. They are not relaxation techniques applied with more
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