Tight muscles, taut tendons or other stubborn soft tissue conditions can all be helped with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM). In our office we regularly treat athletes to seniors and everyone in between with IASTM. No other treatment method allows the doctor to reach deep into the muscle bed and break up adhesions, trigger points and boggy knots.
IASTM involves the use of various tools, most look like a dull knife. The edges of the tools are rounded and dull, so patients are never contacted by any sharp edges. The doctor identifies the soft tissue in question and will first perform a scan with the tool along the affected area. Once found these muscles or tendons will feel “gritty” to the doctor. He or she will begin a series of instrument-assisted techniques that stroke the area. The treatment may be a little uncomfortable, as we are working on sensitive areas, but generally right after the therapy relief is felt. There is also some short-term redness found on the skin area where the treatment is performed.
Treatment with IASTM breaks down scarring, adhesion and fascial restrictions in a way that your body is unable to achieve, then it accelerates the healing process. A lubricating cream is first place on the skin, which allows for a smooth sweep of the instrument over the area in question. The cream’s only function is to allow for instrument gliding without friction. The instrument itself is creating very small below the surface micro-trauma, which in turn allows for new healing to begin.
After the treatment, the patient is usually instructed on stretching exercises, which will encourage healing and align the cells so they follow correct physiological function. IASTM treatment is usually performed twice a week, and some form of positive improvement is generally felt after just one session.
If you suffer with any chronic muscle, tendon or a chronic musculoskeletal condition that is not getting better, give our office a call at 201-825-6601.
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