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Phase 1: Relief Care (i.e. “Crisis Resolution”)
The Quadratus Lumborum Muscle
Many of our clients seek Clinical Massage Therapy because they are in chronic or acute pain. If the pain that you are experiencing is soft-tissue derived pain (and massage is not contraindicated for any reason), Clinical Massage Therapy may offer you some degree of relief from your symptoms.
In this first phase of care, our main goal is to reduce the symptoms that are preventing you from enjoying your life to the fullest. Many clients ask us, “How long will it take to relieve this pain?” We make it a policy to avoid providing any pre-formulated answer to this question. We simply don’t believe that it is possible, or responsible, to give our clients a “one size fits all” answer to this question.
Furthermore, we believe that one should be wary of any practitioner who does present a pre-formulated treatment protocol and / or any guaranteed outcome (for example, “I will need to see you three times per week for six weeks, and then the problem will be solved.”) Unfortunately, pain resolution is simply not that predictable. Everybody and every BODY is different, and each client presents a unique set of circumstances. There is no “one size fits all” protocol for the resolution of soft tissue derived pain, and we will never try to convince you that there is.
Some pain complaints can be successfully resolved within one session. Other more stubborn pain complaints might require several sessions. Ultimately, we require you to play an active role in determining when and how frequently you may need to return to our clinic after your initial session.
After your initial session, we will likely ask you to go on with your life and keep a mental note, or even a written journal, of how your pain complaint changes after your session.
When you do return to our clinic, we will be eager to learn more about how much pain relief you received from your initial session; how long that relief lasted; and if it did return, what activities seemed to cause it to become exacerbated. Based on this discussion, we will either continue with or amend the plan of action that we first developed together.