Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Technique
An effective therapeutic technique to detect and treat Soft Tissue Injuries
Joint dysfunction and restrictions can often lead to tight and sore muscles. Often during muscular tightness and joint restriction there is tension and inflammation of the tendons (the tissues that are responsible for attaching muscle to bone).
Chronically tight regions in muscles, tendons and ligaments often form small areas of scar tissue, referred to as an adhesion. This is often what people are taking about when they say that they feel a “knot” in the muscle. These adhesions create a physical barrier to proper movement and prevent the muscles and tendons from achieving their full, pain free range of motion. Over time, the inflammation cycle increases and the tight muscles and tendons become more inflamed and more scar tissue forms to protect the tendons and muscles from further damage.
Instrument assisted soft tissue technique works by breaking down the adhesions and scar tissue. By breaking down this scar tissue, blood flow to the area is increased and adhered fibers are eliminated. This allows for the proper formation of collagen to occur, which helps promote the healing process.
Specific conditions that are known to respond favorably to instrument assisted soft tissue therapy include:
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Tennis elbow
• Golfer's elbow
• Shin splints
• Post-surgical scarring