Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Dr. Jason Madigan of Sport and Spine Chiropractic Rehab in Lock Haven, PA, utilizes the Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) approach to help identify and eliminate scar tissue, myofascial restrictions, fibrosis, chronic inflammation, and degeneration from muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

These conditions often develop after an injury, surgery, or overuse, possibly due to damage sustained while playing sports or during an auto accidenent. 

Below we will discuss some of the benefits of IASTM.

Breaks up scar tissue

Adhesions and scar tissue can form around muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia after an injury. These impair the movement of these vital body structures and lead to pain and reduced functionality.

IASTM breaks up scar tissue, allowing your body to heal more efficiently. In addition, this therapy promotes healing through collagen formation and reduces inflammation.

Specifically, it loosens tight muscles and tendons, decreasing your likelihood of re-injury or chronic pain.

Increases blood flow

Increased blood flow to an injured area helps your body heal more quickly as it transports oxygen and nutrients to the damaged region, encouraging cell growth and protein synthesis.

Unrestricted blood flow can allow more oxygen to reach muscle cells, aiding muscles in healing more rapidly and efficiently. Such activity can also speed up recovery for tendons and ligaments with less circulation than muscles.

The accelerated healing potential is why Dr. Madigan offers Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization in Lock Haven, PA, as an effective treatment option. 

Reduces trigger points

Trigger points (also referred to as muscle knots) are a frequent cause of chronic pain. These irritable spots in skeletal muscle fascia are painful when pressed on and may refer to pain elsewhere in the body when squeezed.

They can also impede motor function by making muscles weak and unable to contract fully, restricting blood flow and decreasing tissue repair.

Dr. Madigan can treat trigger points with massage therapy and IASTM by applying pressure to the affected area to reduce tightness and discomfort.

Promotes collagen growth

Collagen growth is essential for healthy body tissue. It provides a framework for the tendons and muscles to attach to, facilitating movement.

Treatment of sports injuries and chronic spine or extremity problems improves with focused, assisted mobilization of inflamed tissues. 

After an injury, the body creates adhesions between the fascia and these vital areas to stabilize the region and shield further damage. Thus, IASTM uses specially designed tools to detect and treat fascial dysfunctions. 

Call Sport and Spine Chiropractic Rehab at (570) 858-5645 to schedule your Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization treatment in Lock Haven, PA.

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