29.11.19 – Sports massage of right calf muscle for female swimmer

Date: 29.11.19

Duration: 1630-1700 – 30 minutes

Venue: Marjon Sports Therapy Clinic

Reflective Summary:

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


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