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Sports Therapy - What to Expect

  • If you are under 18 you need to be accompanied by a guardian/ chaperone.
  • You are always welcome to bring your chaperone.  
  • Intake Form – you will be asked to fill this out at the start of your initial session. This is to ensure you don’t have any contraindications that prevent you from receiving a massage.

We will review the form and discuss with you the reason you have come in to get a better understanding of what it is, and identify any contributing factors such as lifestyle or injuries.

  • Assessment - Most first appointments include a postural assessment. This can often be done through clothes, but depending on what we’re focusing on you may need to undress to underwear – it’s a good idea to bring along a pair of loose fitting shorts or vest top or wear appropriate underwear (that you feel comfortable receiving treatment in) We will also look at your movement around the affected area, to get an idea of your range of movement and levels of discomfort. You are welcome to bring along a chaperone (friend) if you like.
  • Treatment plan – We will give you a brief overview of what we plan to do prior to you getting on the table. If you have any questions about anything we mention, feel free to ask when we review the plan or at any point during the session.
  • On The Table – You will be asked to undress to your underwear, get on the table and be covered with a towel. Depending on the area being worked on you may only need to undress part of the way. Throughout your treatment you will be covered except for the area being worked on at that time. The treatments are quite active and interaction between patient and therapist in terms of full range stretching of arms & legs.
  • Pressure – The pressure can often be quite deep and may cause some discomfort but should never be too painful. If at any point it is too much just let the therapist know. Feedback from you during your treatment is essential so your therapist can adjust pressure or technique accordingly.
  • At The End of Your Session – you will usually be shown stretches or exercises to help you with your symptoms, either during or just after the massage. We will usually review the movement and or check your posture to assess for any immediate changes following the session.
  • After Your Massage – You can usually expect some soreness in the areas worked on, however, some clients have no soreness post massage. If you do experience soreness it should dissipate in 2-3 days. Make sure to drink plenty of water following your session. This will help flush out any waste products (lactic acid) and rehydrate the muscles. Your body will need to integrate the changes that have taken place as a result of the massage, therefore its recommended to refrain from any strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours.


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