Chiropractie Brunssum Fitzgerald | Treatment, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

What is IASTM ?

IASTM is a technique that utilizes specially designed instruments to enhance the clinicians ability to detect fascial adhesions, soft tissue dysfunction, and scar tissue. The instruments actually vibrate and may even make an audible sound when sliding over scars, adhesions and restrictions.

How does IASTM work ?

When a muscle, tendon, or ligament is stressed, tiny microtears are formed. Sometimes when the body tries to repair these microtears, it does so in a haphazardly manner, resulting in a tight bundle within the muscle, tendon or ligament. These bundles restrict the normal glide that is necessary for optimal movement and the result is decreased range of motion or movement that is painful. This is called fascial adhesion or soft tissue dysfunction. Scar tissue is also often an underlying component to injuries, whether the injury is acute, chronic, traumatic, or related to overuse.
Chiropractor Fitzgerald takes the IASTM treatment process one step further with the incorporation of the FAKTR (Functional And Kinetic Treatment with Rehab) concept. This concept includes function and treatment of the kinetic chain while utilizing various forms of rehabilitation at the same time. FAKTR also incorporates treatment with the instruments in the position of pain, loss of range of motion, or feeling of tightness within the soft tissues and during motion. Breaking down scar tissue, fascial adhesions and restoring soft tissue fuction is often a necessary step to fixing an injury.
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and the FAKTR techniques have proven to be beneficial.

Which conditions are treated with IASTM ?

Some common conditions treated with IASTM and FAKTR are cervical sprain/strain (neck pain), lumbar sprain/strain (back pain), carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), rotator cuff tendinitis (shoulder pain), patellofemoral disorders (knee pain), achilles tendinitis, fibromyalgia, scar tissue, trigger finger, shin splints, surgical scars and more.

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