In order to help with postural issues, the sports therapist needs to understand the alignment of the body. Whilst nobody has perfect symmetry, it is important for the therapist to understand your ‘neutral’ alignment. To help with this a postural assessment is used and this in turn will inform the therapy session.
Range of movement testing (ROM) is useful as a before and after tool. It can give an indication of the effectiveness of a treatment and can be used to measure recovery from an injury.
There are other tests which can determine tissue length and again these inform the therapist where the work needs to be concentrated. The tests are carried out as part of the therapy session, therefore it is usually recommended that they form part of a one hour session, thereby giving enough time for effective therapy based on the outcomes. All tests are recorded and form part of the confidential treatment record.
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