Duration: 1630-1700 – 30 minutes
Venue: Marjon Sports Therapy Clinic
A female member of the swimming team requested a sports massage of her right calf.
I checked that she had no conditions that would contraindicate a sports massage and that she was in good health. She confirmed that she was not allergic to any of the massage mediums. I also checked the ROM of her knee joint and her ankle. There was no restricted movement.
I applied effleurage, petrissage and some tapotement techniques (hacking and beating). I palpated the calf muscles and noted that there was tightness in the middle of the gastrocnemius before insertion to the achilles. I applied NMT to the trigger point, which dissipated after repeating the application three times. I also applied slow tissue release followed by an MET (specifically PIR) to lengthen, stretch and improve the range of motion of the calf muscle. There was a significant improvement in the ROM after the application of MET.
Areas for further improvement plus action plan