One of the key roles of a therapist is to know when treatment is appropriate, where on the body to perform massage and where to avoid. This can be assessed by a range of methods:-
- visual examination
- Range of motion assessment
- reaction to pressure
- specific muscle test
All these techniques require a knowledge of anatomy and physiology and an experience and understanding of how the body responds to exercise, damage and more. The therapist can also consider information the client has received from other professionals such as physiotherapists, consultants and chiropractors when formulating a treatment plan.