STYC01 Clinical Reflection 23/03/2019

This session was conducted in the Marjon Sports Therapy Clinic for 1 hour. The client requested a hamstring massage and stretch.

Reflective Summary

I cleared the work station to ensure it looked professional and washed my hands. I checked for any contraindications and allergies, and then allowed them to choose their preferred massage medium. I observed, palpated and assessed the clients range of movement in their hamstrings, all in which seemed adequate. To begin, doing one leg at a time, I did efflurage to warm the muscle up. Following this, I did some deeper petrissage techniques and followed up with some tapotements. To finish, I did another 5 minutes of efflurage. After this, I performed the muscular energy technique post isometric relaxation on the hamstrings, ensuring the bed was at a good height for me, and checking the pain on the VAS score frequently.

Areas for Improvement

When massaging the hamstrings, the towel covered the top part of their leg and therefore I didn’t massage the entire stretch of the hamstrings from origin to insertion.

What can I do next?

  1. Don’t be scared to lift the towel up higher (after warning/asking them) in order to reach the entire muscle.

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