July 25th, 2019
At Driven+SWS, we pride ourselves on using the latest therapy techniques so our clients can move and feel better. One therapy that’s gaining popularity in Tampa Bay: instrument-assisted therapy. Popular among top therapists and chiropractors, instrument-assisted therapy, AKA Graston technique, is a specialized myofascial release and massage technique.
IASTM uses ergonomically shaped metal and plastic tools to improve soft tissue mobility and mobilize muscles, fascia (the collagen covering muscles), and tendons. The primary goal of instrument-assisted therapy is to improve movement and reduce pain caused by injury or other conditions.
The History of Instrument-Assisted Therapy
Instrument-assisted therapy was developed in the 1990s primarily for athletes. Since then it has grown in popularity and is used by massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists to help treat patients (not just athletes) with a variety of conditions.
What can I expect from an instrument-assisted therapy session?
During instrument-assisted treatment, Dr. Sarah Sponaugle will use a metal or plastic tool to massage and mobilize soft tissue. This tool is gently scraped and rubbed over the skin to locate and release tightness in the fascial system.
When found, the restricted areas will feel crumbly as the tool passes over them. Dr. Sarah will be able to hone in over the tightness and scrape these restrictions (with the same tool), re-initiating your body’s natural inflammatory response.
Contact the studio today to try Instrument-Assisted Therapy; experts are just a text away – (813) 440-3016!
What type of injury would benefit from instrument-assisted therapy?
This specialized massage therapy helps with a variety of sports-related injuries. These include limited mobility, pain with motion, decreased muscle recruitment, or excessive scar tissue formation. Instrument-assisted therapy techniques also help with these specific conditions:
- Tendonitis and tendinopathy
- Ligament sprains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Scar tissue from surgery or trauma
- Myofascial pain
- Musculoskeletal imbalance
What are the benefits of instrument-assisted therapy?
- Improved tissue extensibility
- Decreased pain
- Improved range of motion
- Decreased scar tissue formation
- Improved cellular activity near the site of injury
The benefits are clear! If you have pain or limited mobility, you could be a candidate for instrument-assisted therapy.
Driven Fit + SWS is a top-rated boutique gym in Tampa, FL. Learn more about our chiropractic and massage therapy services. Call or text our South Tampa wellness studio at (813) 440-3016 to speak with a member of Team Driven about IASTM!
Categories: Chiropractic • Transformation