I recently attended a workshop in Toronto presented by FMT Rock Blades on IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). IASTM utilizes stainless steel tools applied to areas of soft tissue for the treatment of musculoskeletal immobility and pain. This hands on therapy addresses soft tissue restriction, initiates healing mechanisms and stimulates mechanical receptors that cause changes in movement and pain.
This therapy is very helpful when addressing myofasical tissue. You might be wondering what myofascial tissue is? It's the connective tissue matrix, which has many different layers below the skin. Fascia is a fibrous collagenous network of tissue that connects different layers of tissue from the skin to the muscle, tendons, ligaments, nerves and organs. The tools stimulate the myofascial tissue by creating tension and shearing which help to target the structures in the area, as well as the nerves. This helps to speed healing time.
The tools can be used in a variety of ways:
· For edema (swelling) in soft tissue or joints. Using light pressure to guide the fluid to lymph nodes to be expelled by the body.
· The tools are great for pain relief by desensitizing the irritated tissue.
· Up-regulating the nervous system by stimulating underactive tissue, this increase motor control, body awareness and balance.
· Down-regulating the nervous system by creating a relaxation response. The tools are used on overactive and tight tissues to released adhesions and create better movement between the tissue layers
· Increase tissue gliding, basically to increase tissue movement by releasing tissue that is “stuck” to underlying layers.
· To free entrapped cutaneous nerves to aid in pain relief and tightness.
Using the soft tissue tools compliments other physiotherapy treatments used in the clinic and provides patients another option used to help them reach their goals in health and recovery.
Using the tools in clinic the last few weeks have already provided positive results and great feedback from our awesome patients!
Stay tuned for a video of the tools being used in action! Contact us to arrange your treatment with the rock blades soft tissue tools.