#ThursdayTherapy Injury History….

EP Massage Therapist Gail on why there’s always paper work…..

‘When you go to a new Therapist you may wonder why we always get you to fill in a consultation form and then start asking a lot of questions about your history, what sports/exercise you do, what work do you do, hobbies and your injury history. And at each subseqent session we will also ask how things have settled and what have you been doing in between sessions.

One of the reasons for this is that even a small injury will cause compensation patterns and these can be intensified by overuse eg  increasing one type of activity like running, particularly if training for an event. These compensation patterns cause dysfunction in the mechanics of the body’s movement which can lead to further injury but not necessarily in the same area. One analogy used is that of a tea towel, pull one section and you can see all the fibres are affected to some degree. When muscle, tendon and ligament fibres repair the structure of the tissue is altered, this means the strength and flexibility is lessened, impacting on the flow of movement. The notes we make at each session mean we can spot the patterns in injury, strengths & weaknesses.

Muscle Injury Tissue Progression. Pre-Injury, Injured, Helaed, Healthy Tissue, Strained Tissue, Scar Tissue. Scar Tissue = Risk of re-injury + range of motion. Scar tissue forms to heal injured tissue leaving the muscle weaker and less flexible.  ©2012 MendMeshop ¨Ê
Muscle Injury Tissue Progression. Pre-Injury, Injured, Healed, Healthy Tissue, Strained Tissue, Scar Tissue. Scar Tissue = Risk of re-injury + range of motion. Scar tissue forms to heal injured tissue leaving the muscle weaker and less flexible. ©2012 MendMeshop

In examining the history of a client, as a therapist you can start to piece together if an injury is originating from biomechanical dysfunction and overuse, and why it has occured.

Here is a link to an article on successfully returning from a running injury

EP Massage Therapist Gail is available every Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 9 am -1pm, energisedgail@gmail.com

EP Sports Therapist Becky is available every Wednesday 5pm-8pm, energisedbecky@gmail.com

Both available outside of these times by request.