Each Monday, Susan Findlay from the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM) releases a new video covering a specific massage topic. You can follow Susan on Massage Mondays with Susan Findlay - Vimeo Channel [Link].
The protocol for an acute ankle sprain is different from a long term chronic condition. The main focus would be on stability and mobilising within a safe, pain free range of movement, then offering proprioception techniques.
This demonstration is for those situations wherein there is a historical condition or restriction due to gait issues.
As a soft tissue therapist, Susan bases her decisions on what she feels and less on traditional functional tests that rely on the visual skills of the therapist.
In this video Susan assesses how the ankle glides, responds to flexion, extension and rotation, and the quality of movement all the way up the chain, including hip and lower back.
This is a mini case study for you, using palpation skills to assess for restrictions while at the same time integrating treatment, using what we are good at, remedial soft tissue massage skills.
More information about other videos in the series can be found below.
To view more video tips and advice from Susan Findlay at the North London School of Sports Massage, check out the Best Of Massage Monday.
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Susan Findlay BSc RGN, Dip SMRT, Director NLSSM has worked as a sport and remedial massage therapist for over 15 years and runs her own clinic in north London. She was involved in the 2012 Olympics as a volunteer in the Polyclinic. She has a passion for teaching and is currently the founder and director of NLSSM The School of Sports Massage. Her goal is to enable therapists to deliver quality therapy that will help clients reach their goal. She is the author of 'Sports Massage', a practical guide that gives thorough instruction about the correct application of massage techniques. She currently sits on the General Council of Massage Therapies (GCMT) and is actively involved in the setting up of the next British Fascia Symposium in 2018.
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