Don't be afraid to encourage your clients to self treat between treatments - in our experience, they will love you for it!
We all know that clients often can't afford the amount and frequency of treatment sessions that they require.
This makes it even more important for us to encourage and support our clients to help themselves, wherever possible, between appointments.
Numerous studies have indicated the effectiveness of self-managed care for treating trigger points, through self applied massage, stretching and strengthening exercises.
In our experience, clients who self-treat almost always benefit from an accelerated process of rehabilitation.
Tennis Elbow - Simeon Asher shows how to "self-treat" trigger points
We often suggest the use of pressure tools to our clients. They are probably the most safe, efficient, and least costly forms of pain relief available - and can help provide relief for so many conditions. In our opinion everyone should have a pressure tool in their medicine cabinet!
It's unlikely that clients will become "trigger point therapists" overnight, and even more unlikely that they will be able to precisely locate trigger points.
However, the pressure tool will give them a certain confidence (everyone feels awkward about touching themselves) to perform self-treatment, and they are very likely to feel the benefit of pressure applied broadly to the general locality of the trigger points.
Self-help is Good for Business!
Oh .... and you won't lose business. In fact, quite the opposite.
Clients who perform self-treatment between therapy sessions will generally experience better results with fewer visits ... and they're the ones who will be singing your praises all over town!
Scope of Practice
The extent to which you are able to provide self-help advice will vary according to your profession, qualifications, and the area that you work in. Be sure to stay within the scope of your practice.
Always check your local and state ordinances and talk with more experienced practitioners to find out what is allowable in your area.
This Trigger Point Therapy blog and the information on this website is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.
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