STYC01 Clinical Reflection 25/03/2019

This session was conducted in the first half of open clinic, the client has problems with tight hamstrings.

Reflective Summary

Firstly, I washed my hands, ensured the work station was set up.  To begin, I went through the consultation form with the client. I observed the  the client walking into clinic  in order to see if they are walking in a ‘normal’ way, or if there is generally anything irregular within the way they were walking. The muscle bulk on both the left and right hamstring looked equal. This was also apparent for the calf muscles and glutes. Upon palpation, it was clear the client had tight hamstrings. Firstly, I performed efflurage to warm up the muscles. Following this, I did some deeper work using petrissage techniques for around 20 minutes including kneading, wringing and lifting. Following this, I used tapotement techniques for around 10 minutes such as beating and hacking. To finish off the massage, I did 5 minutes of efflurage.

Following this, I then began to use muscular energy techniques. This time, I used PIR (post isometric relaxation). I did each stage 4 times per leg, this lasted around 10 minutes.

Areas for Improvement

When massaging, the client complained of my cold hands when I first touched them.

What can I do next?

Warm my hands up before touching the client.

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