Center for Therapeutic Massage and Athletics

Assessment

Repetitive Stress Injury

No one is immune to repetitive stress. Prevention approaches for group or individual repetitive stress injury are similar:
  • Each must garner a perspective of the repetitive activity.
  • Each must gain a perspective of how their individual body feels, or how many of the group has been affected similarly. This is often best done with the expertise of a bodyworker trained in prevention methodologies.
  • Each must take care to change the routine for self care.
  • Athletes should have an assessment with a trained bodyworker at the beginning, middle, and end of the sporting season.

Gaining Perspective to Assess Repetitive Stress Injury

Without a perspective no one has complete and accurate assessment of their own repetitive stress injuries. This perspective is our ability to see, hear, feel, or become aware through the senses. Massage therapy is a treatment modality that aids in gaining that perspective.

Therapists trained to assess preclinical injury should also gain a perspective of the body and convey that perspective to the client. Palpation is a form of touch employed by a professional to assess clinical and preclinical injury. This has been the case for years, however, the Ron McKnight Protocol adds consistent labeling of identified preclinical anomalies.

To date, there has been not consistent labeling of anomalies, so if two practitioners examine a person, even though their experience maybe the same, the label(s) they give in assessment will differ creating a false-positive assessment and treatment. Consistent labeling creates an associative experience that lessens false assessments.

Taking Steps Toward Prevention

Activity and athletics are incubators for repetitive stress injuries. Stretching is thought to reduce injury but has been proven to do the reverse because muscles only know contraction and mitigation. What do we need to know to start taking steps toward prevention?
  • What do analgesics do therapeutically and how helpful are they?
  • How helpful, if at all, is electricity against the body?
  • When should you apply hot and cold?
  • How can you avoid knee and hip injuries?
  • How can you prevent repetitive stress injuries?
  • How can I gain a perspective of my repetitive stress?
  • How do I mitigate my repetitive stress injuries?

Self-Assessment for Prevention

There are three parts to assessing for preclinical injury prevention:
  1. Perspective from a trained professional
  2. Inventory and extraction of daily routine activities
    —Examine the muscle groups most used doing those activities
    —Inventory the location of pain and discomfort; note where it hurts and be specific
  3. Self perspective
Use a Preclinical Assessment Body Chart

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