In the previous blog we looked at what goes into making a good physical/massage therapist. It's now time to look at the questions to ask the therapist to know if she is the right one for you.
What types of massage do you specialize in and why is one of them right for me?
Therapeutic massage is not a one-size-fits-all kind of treatment. There are a variety of options, each designed to treat specific conditions and improve health. Going to a clinic that offers a range of therapies, means that you will have access to a variety of options. A professional massage therapist will be able to examine your condition and recommend which type of therapy is right for you.
What type of physical problems do you have experience with?
Qualifications and skill are important but so too is the experience of the therapist. While there are therapies for different problems, no 2 people are the same and an experienced therapist will be able to modify the massage to suit the specific needs of your body.
How long will each session be and will it be better to pay more for a longer one?
Therapeutic massage is not a silver bullet that cures all ailments immediately. You may have to go for a series of sessions to get the best results. You need to know how long each session will be so you can plan your day. As for the second part of the question, if you are told that that paying more for longer sessions will be better for you, think twice. It may be that the therapist is more focused on your money than your health. If not, she would have given you the optimum time when you first asked.
How long before I see results?
This is a tough one so do not expect a clear-cut definite answer. It all depends on the nature of the problem and your overall physical condition. The therapist cannot be sure of how your body will respond to the treatment and so cannot give you a definite timeline. However, you also need to know if the treatment is effective. Ask what are the things you should look for to know if your condition is improving and a general idea of how long it is before most people start noticing an improvement in cases like yours.
Will passive treatments like ultrasound, lasers etc; be part of the treatment?
Passive treatments often form part of therapeutic massage. However, they typically play a supporting role to the actual massage itself. Your therapist is the best judge of whether or not passive treatments will be used but since you are the one being treated, you have a right to know what the treatment will be.
There is nothing like a good massage by a qualified and licensed therapist. She will not only be able to answer all your questions clearly and accurately, but also be able to advise you on what type of therapeutic massage is right for you. The best place to get this kind of treatment is at a spa or chiropractic clinic.