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Deep Tissue & Scar Tissue Management

Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a technique that uses a wide variety of tools to detect and treat fascial restrictions due to soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, and degeneration.  It is a valuable supplemental treatment to therapeutic exercise to improve range of motion, muscle strength, muscular recruitment.


Often, patients with soft-tissue injuries do not seek out physical therapy until the injuries have become chronic (weeks/months after injury). By this point, the body has completed most of its self-healing process. Scar tissue and adhesions are formed during this healing process, and can ultimately effect ROM and mobility.


The problem lies in the manner of how the scar tissue is laid down…it's excessive and highly disorganized, almost acting like a glue between the tissues preventing proper lengthening and contracting of the affected muscles. By introducing controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue using IASTM, a local inflammatory response is stimulated, essentially kick starting the process of reabsorption and remodeling of the disorganized tissue into more organized, movement friendly, pattern.

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Graston Technique® effectively breaks down scar tissue and reduces inflammation that causes pain and restricted mobility. A stainless steel instruments combs over “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. The instruments enable clinicians to treat soft tissue lesions with the depth, pressure and specificity necessary to affect the condition at the site of the pain, as well as following the kinetic chain to find and treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

By incorporating stretching, strengthening and ice in the treatment and rehab process, clinicians can rebuild the soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

Graston Technique® is clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating:

  • Achilles Tendinosis/it is

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)

  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)

  • Medial Epicondylosis/it is (Golfer’s Elbow)

  • Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)

  • Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)

  • Shin Splints

  • Trigger Finger

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