Joint Capsule Work


Having taken intensive orthopaedic massage courses in 2014/2015 this choice of massage uses a pestal and mortar approach to the joint capsule e.g. hip or shoulder. As a massage therapist working on a client who has e.g. shoulder impingement, joint capsule work tests the end feel of a client’s range of movement.

Assessing the shoulder for capsular adhesions.  It involves both active and passive movements. What this means for the client is that this massage session will involve a lot of repositioning lying face down, face up and side lying to work all aspects of joint motion. It will also involve movements in cooperation with the therapist to access different angles.  It is not a restful relaxing massage.  However it is not a sports massage either.  This work is mostly pain free.

It is also important to note that after a visual postural assessment, the area of discomfort might be e.g.the wrist, however, the area the therapist might work on may be the neck and/or shoulder and/or elbow.

Likewise if the area of discomfort is the knee, the therapist will assess and work on the foot and/or hip and/or neck.  Working on the cause not on the symptom.

The objective is to reduce pain caused by musculo-skeletal dysfunction and restore structural/functional postural alignment. To ensure that the resulting improvements in muscle length achieved during the massage session, the client MUST FOLLOW-UP WITH HOME EXERCISES.

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It is important to remember, too, that joint capsule work may involve a set of massage therapy sessions.