This technique utilizes multiple instruments or tools to assess and treat any areas of soft tissue restrictions. The instruments allow practitioners to determine the appropriate use and pressure used to break up the restrictions. In addition, skilled practitioners will use the instruments to eliminate any restrictions from the other body parts that may be contributing to your pain. Makovicka Physical Therapy has both Graston and ASTYM certified clinicians on staff.
Sometimes you may develop tissue tightness or restrictions in muscles and fascia. These soft tissue restrictions can limit your range of motion and may cause pain. Your physical therapist may use various myofascial release and soft tissue mobilization techniques to free these restrictions to help you move better and feel better.
Soft tissue injury is an umbrella term. It covers any type of injury to your soft tissues. Common types include:
- Stress injuries
Benefits of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Decreases overall time of treatment
Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
Improves chronic conditions thought to be permanent