Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is an innovative therapeutic approach that involves the use of specialized tools to deliver targeted compressive strokes for the manipulation of skin, myofascial tissue, muscles, and tendons. By applying these compressive strokes, IASTM stimulates the healing process within the injured area, facilitating and expediting the recovery process. Extensive research supports the effectiveness of IASTM in treating a wide range of upper extremity pathologies, including but not limited to carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), trigger thumb, shoulder injuries, and various myofascial injuries.
How does IASTM work?
IASTM is a specialized treatment technique employed by our certified hand therapists to specifically target the fascial system, resulting in enhanced healing and improved patient outcomes. Fascia, a connective tissue sheath located beneath the skin, plays a crucial role in connecting, covering, enclosing, and separating muscles and internal organs. However, following an injury, trauma, or surgical procedure, the body’s natural healing process can give rise to the formation of scar tissue and fascial adhesions. These adhesions and scar tissue can impede proper healing, causing pain and limiting range of motion.
By utilizing IASTM, our hand therapists can effectively identify and stimulate scar tissue and fascial adhesions. This therapeutic approach allows the body to reorganize itself, promoting pain relief, improved blood flow, enhanced healing, and increased range of motion. IASTM enables precise targeting and manipulation of the fascial system, facilitating the breakdown of scar tissue and adhesions, and encouraging the restoration of optimal tissue function.
IASTM serves as a valuable tool in the hands of our experienced hand therapists, allowing us to address fascial restrictions and scar tissue effectively. By incorporating this technique into our treatment plans, we aim to optimize patient outcomes and support the body’s natural healing processes. Experience the transformative benefits of IASTM as our dedicated hand therapists guide you towards pain relief, improved functionality, and a swifter return to a fulfilling and active lifestyle.
How do I know if IASTM is right for me?
Scar tissue and fascial adhesions can manifest in the body due to various factors beyond injuries or surgeries. Chronic pain, a sedentary lifestyle, and repetitive activities can contribute to the excessive formation of fascial adhesions or scar tissue. When these tissues become dysfunctional, they can hinder normal function, cause discomfort, and significantly impact one’s quality of life.
When implemented by a skilled hand therapist, IASTM can be a highly effective treatment approach. However, it is important to note that optimal results are achieved when IASTM is combined with appropriate therapeutic exercises, tailored home programming, and modifications to daily activities.
What Are the Benefits of IASTM?
- Decrease pain
- Increase range of motion
- Manage scar tissue
- Improve hyper/hyposensitivity
- Improve circulation
What Does It Mean To Be Saebo Certified?
At our clinic, we specialize in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and are proud to be Saebo Certified. This certification means our certified hand therapists are expertly trained in integrating Saebo’s advanced rehabilitation products, designed for neurological recovery, into our IASTM treatments. This unique blend of skills ensures our clients receive innovative, personalized care, enhancing motor recovery and quality of life for those recuperating from neurological injuries like strokes or brain injuries. With our Saebo expertise, we offer cutting-edge, tailored therapy plans, setting our clients on the most effective path to recovery.
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