The body is largely made up of soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. When any of these soft tissues are injured through the cumulative injury cycle, or through direct trauma such as spraining an ankle, the tissues repair themselves in a randomised fashion. This causes scar tissue to develop in the area, and may lead to pain and chronic injury.
While scar tissue itself does not cause any pain, it restricts the range of motion and stops nerves from sliding correctly, and the resultant stiffness often contributes to persistent pain. The pain can range from mild and irritating to severely debilitating and requires effective treatment to heal properly.
IASTM uses specialised concave and convex, hand-held stainless steel instruments. The practitioner brushes or rubs these instruments against scar tissue, adhesions or fascial grain, in a form of cross-friction massage. This helps to break down the problem scar tissue through re-introducing microscopic trauma to the affected area, which stimulates the body’s healing process. IASTM brings relief and supports healing by releasing these restrictions, and coupled with corrective stretching and strengthening exercises, allows the tissues to move freely and heal properly
Some of the conditions that we treat using the IASTM include:
A typical course of treatment ranges from six to ten sessions.
Graston Technique® is the current industry standard having been the first company to develop and teach instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM). I am using K-Tools.
A series of instruments that are some of the best on the market and represent the evolution of IASTM. K-Tools are the world’s first ergonomically designed stainless-steel instruments.
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