This is something that has been in existence since ancient times. In Greece, a small metallic instrument called ‘Strigil’ for therapeutic purposes. Even in traditional Chinese Medicine a similar technique called ‘Gua Sha’ is in practice that increases the blood circulation to facilitate the supply of blood and oxygen to the soft tissues. In modern world, many similar techniques are in use like, Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (Astym), fascial abrasion technique, and Graston technique.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue mobilization (IASTM) is relatively gentle and has been found effective for acute injury rehabilitation and ligamentous injuries. The instrument is not a replacement of the therapist’s hands but it enhances the ability to detect adhesions and soft tissue restrictions.
The surface of the instrument minimizes the force but maximize the force delivered to the tissues, making it possible to stimulate points in deep areas. IASTM is able to give positive effects in a shorter period, increasing the blood circulation and nutrient to the affected area, resulting in new collagen formation which eventually regenerates the injured tissue.
Today IASTM is successfully been used in treatment of sports injury. IASTM can significantly shortens the rehabilitation period.
Benefits of IASTM
• Mobilize muscles, tendons, and ligaments to decrease pain
• Improve mobility
• Stimulate rehabilitation and recovery
• IASTM is indicated to treat the following injuries:
• Various tendinopathies such as tennis or golfer’s elbow and Achilles tendinitis
• Chronic muscle strain
• Chronic ligamentous strains
• Excessive scarring
• Running-related injuries, including plantar fasciitis
• Iliotibial band syndrome (IT Band)
The Physiotherapist Doctor here in Align Body are constantly learning and challenging themselves to be the best in whatever possible treatment they can provide to their patients.
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