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Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy guidelines during Lockdown 3 (6th January 2021)
My Professional Body, The Sports Massage Association has contacted us with clarification on the revised guidelines. Due to the greater transmissibility of the new COVID Variant and the soaring infection levels and mortality rates, we are not able to treat routine and new clients in a face to face situation. As a Level 4 Therapist I am permitted to work but under stringent conditions, when there is a medical need.
A medical condition does not include a routine sports massage though suggested medical conditions are:
Unbearable pain levels
Inability to perform activities of essential daily living (personal care, continence management, feeding etc)
Inability to sleep (affecting function)
Inability to work (for frontline workers)
Treatments must be kept to a minimum time and be focused on the area causing pain and discomfort.
The previous working conditions are more important than ever given the transmissibility of the new strain of the virus i.e. the need for documented risk assessments, full PPE ( mask, apron and visor), regular cleaning schedules, strict hygiene precautions and screening of each client, all of which I have been carrying out since July 2020.
However, they have reminded us to consider carefully any request to treat and to stop face to face treatments unless there are the most compelling medical reasons to do so. Sadly this is not a time for 'business as usual'.
I WILL OF COURSE KEEP YOU UPDATED REGARDING ANY FURTHER NEWS.
Assuring you of my best care and attention. Please keep safe and keep well.