Structural Diagnosis Prior to Massage
Your massage can actually offer even more therapeutic benefit if your therapist performs some diagnostics prior to starting and during your treatment. Your body exhibits clues to its problems via asymmetry, changes in range of motion and tissue density. All these your therapist has an opportunity to assess visually or to palpate to help customize your massage. Not all therapists do that so you should inquire prior to booking.
Misalignment Prior to Massage
Some examples of misalignment include elevated hip or shoulder, or rib out of place. In order to assess these issues your therapist typically will touch key landmarks. You may need to move by raising arms, or bending at the waist, for example, to help identify restrictions.
Knots and Motion
Your diagnostic also includes checking for restricted or increased mobility. Your therapist observes and palpates and more often than not finds restricted mobility. Observation and palpation also reveal changes in soft tissue texture. Soft tissues include skin, connective tissue or fascia, muscles and ligaments. Percussion technique helps assess deeper layers of soft tissue. Most common texture abnormalities show up as either muscle hypertonicity, or overly tight muscles, and changes in skin, with the first effected by overly stimulated motor neurons and the last by sympathetic autonomic nervous system.