Metal tools physical therapists and chiropractors use
If you have been to a physical therapist before, you may have noticed a collection of metal devices. These metal devices are used for what is known as Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).
What is Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?
During Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, specially designed stainless-steel instruments assist in detecting and treating areas that show signs of scar tissue, soft tissue restriction, adhesions or chronic inflammation. With Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, metal tools do not replace the use of the physical therapist’s hands, but instead enhances their ability to treat a patient. This form of manual therapy treatment has been found to be effective in treating conditions such as running-related injuries, chronic ligament and muscle strains, back pain, tendinitis and similar conditions.
There are varying techniques that fall under the umbrella of Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. The tools used during treatment may vary based on the method that is being used, the condition that is being treated and the personal preference of your physical therapist.
Are you interested in trying Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?
If you are interested in trying Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, the team at Pacific Health and Sports Therapy can help. At Pacific Health and Sports Therapy, we use high-quality stainless-steel tools and certified IASTM techniques—Graston and FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab)—to detect and effectively treat conditions that may affect the normal function of your soft tissues.
Our practitioners use metal instruments to break down the collagen cross-links in scar tissue but as well as to improve the rate and amount of blood flow at the treatment area. The techniques we use will also cause an increase in cellular activity to help improve your body’s natural healing process.
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Pacific Health and Sports Therapy is a Burnaby clinic, conveniently located near New Westminster and Coquitlam, and for your convenience, we are open seven days a week. We are here to help you, whether you were recently injured, battling chronic pain, trying to avoid risky surgery, or simply looking to improve your overall health and movement.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists. Let us show you how we can help.