STYC01 Clinical Reflection 10/10/2018

Within this 1 hour session in the Marjon Sports Therapy Clinic, I massaged the clients quadriceps.

Reflective Summary

Firstly, I washed my hands, and set up the bed to ensure it looked professional. After checking for any contraindications and allergies, I palpated the clients quadriceps, knee and around the hip. It was apparent from the palpation that the clients quadriceps were tight. I used the technique effleurage for 5 minutes, to warm the muscle up. Following this, I used the petrissage techniques ‘kneading’, ‘wringing’ and ‘lifting’ to get deeper into the muscle tissue to relieve more tension. To finish, I then performed another 5 minutes of effleurage.

Areas for Improvement

Within this session, I was less nervous then the session prior to this. Practising massage is certainly improving my confidence and therefore, improving the way I perform the treatment. However, within this session the client asked my why and how the massage techniques work, in which I only had limited knowledge and a simple understanding.

 What can I do next?

  1. Look into and revise the physiology of the massage techniques.
  2. Practise summaries of this for when clients ask.

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