I performed massage therapy on a volleyball player's back and shoulders in the clinic as a therapeutic intervention. I selected this treatment because she was complaining of tightness and knots in her shoulders that were causing her pain. I am partial to this treatment because I know how effective it has been for me as an athlete. I intended for this treatment to remove the tightness that she was experiencing and to provide pain relief from the knots that were in her shoulders. I hoped that this would increase her ROM and better the quality of that ROM. I used the effleurage technique with petrissage and trigger point. After performing the treatment, I assessed the effectiveness by asking the athlete about her pain levels. The pain levels had decreased along with some of the tightness she had been experiencing. Despite the pain that accompanied the treatment, the athlete experienced immediate relief post treatment. This will effect my future clinical decision making by recognizing the effects that massage therapy have on athletes and utilizing it the best I can. I favor the immediate effects that massage have on the athlete and strongly believe that the athlete also receives beneficial psychological effects from the manual therapy as well. It causes athletes to relax in that moment which may be something that they do not get to do very often. Therefore, while receiving treatment, the athlete also receives a mental break, which may increase their athletic and academic performance.
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