IASTM Can Help You If You’re Living With Chronic Pain
If you’ve never heard of IASTM and are living with chronic pain, you can speak with a physical therapist to see if it’s right for you! We use instrument-aided soft tissue mobilization as a manual physical therapy procedure at our Tulsa, OK physical therapy clinic.
To alleviate pain, minimize inflammation, and encourage healing, our Tulsa, OK physical therapists use special plastic or metal tools to gently move and scrape against the skin.
Is IASTM right for me?
You may be wondering if IASTM is right for you. Your physical therapist at Oklahoma Hand and Physical Therapy will be able to help determine whether it’s the best fit, however, there are several conditions that this kind of treatment can aid in healing, such as:
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Muscle imbalances
- Muscle strains
- Patellar tendonitis
- IT band syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Chronic joint swelling associated with sprains/strains
- Shin splints
- Ligament sprains
- Myofascial pain and restrictions
- Heel pain/Achilles tendonitis
- Post-surgical and traumatic scars
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
What can I expect from IASTM treatments?
You may be thinking, “Why should tools be used in physical therapy?”
Most manual physical therapy treatments are performed with the hands, but instruments can offer several advantages!
IASTM has been proven to help with:
- Muscle recruitment issues
- Pain with movement
- Motor control issues
- Limited motion
An IASTM-trained physical therapist will use a variety of different speeds and pressures when practicing this particular procedure, and it will be dependent on the essence of your condition and your individual needs.
These techniques have been developed to allow physical therapists to find and treat affected areas with greater precision.
These special tools can effectively break down fascia (connective tissue) restrictions and scar tissue.
The various speeds and pressures function to promote a contraction or inhibit a muscle (also known as turning a muscle on) (also known as turning a muscle off).
When certain amounts of pressure are applied to the affected muscles, tendons, or ligaments through IASM, a mild inflammatory response is elicited.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, inflammation promotes the body’s natural healing mechanism, allowing you to recover and return to your life more quickly!
Call us to discover the benefits of IASTM?
If you’re dealing with any of the above-mentioned chronic pain conditions, injuries, or symptoms, know that help is available to you.
Are you no longer able to breeze through life without excruciating pain?
You can get back to living a very enjoyable life with IASTM. Call our clinic in Tulsa, OK to learn more and schedule your first appointment. We can’t wait to show you the benefits of this amazing technology.