Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a method of manual therapy that uses instruments or tools to augment the traditional application of a practitioner’s hands. IASTM can help break down scar tissue and restore the tissue’s natural, pre-injury structure. IASTM techniques are used to aid with musculoskeletal healing and help restore pain-free movement and function in soft tissues by improving blood flow.
Physical Therapy is one of the best choices you can make when you have long-term pain (chronic pain) or an injury. It can make you stronger and help you move better. We are experts not only in treating pain, but also its source. We will look for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to the places that hurt. We then treat those areas with various modalities to ease pain and help you move better.
These are some of the modalities that we use to treat pain:
Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)
Instrument Assisted STM
What is Manual Therapy?
Physical therapists have expertise that is grounded in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, clinical medicine, and pathology, and use a comprehensive patient examination to identify patients for whom manual therapy is appropriate.
Manual therapy encompasses a variety of hands-on techniques including a continuum of skilled passive movements to the joints and/or related soft tissues that are applied at varying speeds and amplitudes, including a small-amplitude and high-velocity therapeutic movement.
What is Aquatic Therapy?
While most people can benefit from simple water exercises like swimming, specific groups benefit a great deal from aquatic therapies. Aquatic Therapy can impact those who suffer from chronic pain, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis, balance issues, decreased range of motion. Aquatic Therapy can help decrease the risk of falling and overall pain.
What is Manual Traction?
Manual traction is a mobility technique used to reduce pain and other symptoms. During manual traction, the clinician is slightly distracting the joint, allowing the joint-capsule to stretch which decreases intra-articular pressure giving more space in the targeted area. As traction slightly separates the bones in the affected joint, it results in immediate pain relief and for nutritious synovial fluid to flow back to the joint-capsule, thus strengthen the cartilage and joint.
What is Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)?
Soft tissue mobilization is a form of manual physical therapy where the physical therapist uses hands-on techniques on your muscles, ligaments and fascia in order to break adhesions and optimize your muscle function.
What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is a breakthrough treatment that can speed up healing and return patients to the activities they need (and often love) to do.
Our cells have the ability to absorb photons emitted by Laser Therapy and convert them to usable energy. The added energy aids in pain relief and healing at a rate a patient wouldn’t otherwise experience.
What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy increases blood flow, decrease tightness in muscles and encourages healing. A special type of cup is placed on the problem area creating a vacuum, which increases circulation. The cups are placed on trigger points such as muscle knots or swollen muscles.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.
What is Electric Stimulation?
Electric stimulation (e-stim) uses electrical pulses to mimic the action of signals coming from neurons (cells in your nervous system). Electrical stimulation sends an electrical signal into the muscle causing repeated muscle contractions, blood flow improves, helping repair injured muscles. Electrical stimulation can block pain receptors from being sent from nerves to the brain.