It's as simple as feeling your "trigger points" and working the tissue
If you have temporal headaches or tension headaches IASTM can be extremely helpful in relieving restrictions and allowing normal movement to return to the scalp and muscles of the neck. The key to headaches is to find the fascial restrictions in these often overlooked areas. The first is the front of the neck. The SCM or Scalene and even the pectoralis muscles are often referring pain to the back of the head. If you are not trained in locating these specific muscles just use your fingers to find “trigger points” (thickened or painful spots).
Another area to check is your scalp and forehead (especially above the eyes). After you’ve find some of these triggering areas it is great to use one of our Myo-Bar tools to make self treatment less fatiguing on your fingers/hands.
Self-Care IASTM tools recommended for Headaches are the “Element” for the scalp and neck muscles, and the Original Bar to work deep into the pecs or traps. You can also purchase the tools in one of our combo sets: Self-Care Set No. 1.
This issue can be treated easily with IASTM
Most people who have “Tennis Elbow” do not play tennis. It is common in anyone who uses their hands in sports or work. In my experience, the area pulling on the elbow causing the problem is either in the wrist ligaments below or the triceps muscle above. Either way, you can use an IASTM instrument to work into all the muscles/tendons/ligaments from the wrist, through the painful area in the forearm, up into the shoulder.
This is one of the most easily treated conditions with myofascial work/ IASTM tools, and I would also like to recommend special stretch called the Tyler Twist that has excellent results resolving this condition.
The self care IASTM tool recommended for Tennis Elbow is the “Element” for the wrist, fingers, forearm, and triceps.
Foot pain? Why not treat it with IASTM for relief
When stepping down on your foot causes pain in the arch, you may have plantar fasciitis. The key to resolving this condition involves releasing the tension in the big toe area, ankle, calf, and hamstrings. Tight nodules or “trigger points” anywhere along the back of the leg/thigh can be the cause of the abnormal stress in the arch of the foot.
IASTM tools help “scan” the tissues and find the problem areas associated with your symptoms. Once nodules/ trigger points are found you can easily perform self treatment once a day to initiate healing in the tissues.
Two other very important considerations are your gait (how you walk) and your calcium balance. A proper gait involves a heel strike where you place the outside of the heel down almost flat, and then gently “roll” your foot forward until “toe off.” Any aggressive heel striking, or skipping the heel strike altogether (landing on the balls of your feet) can be a factor in plantar fasciitis. Lastly make sure you are taking a high quality calcium/magnesium bone supplement. If you are mineral deficient, sometimes the body “steels” minerals away from bones like the heel bone and gives you a “spur” in the plantar fascia.
Self Care IASTM tools recommended for Plantar Fasciitis are the “Sport” for the heel, ankle and big toe and the Original Bar to work deep into the calf and hamstrings. These tools can be purchased together in out combo set: Self-Care Set No. 2
Tingling Carpal Tunnel
Keep your nerves from shooting incorrect signals with IASTM
In my 17 years of practice, tingling in the hands was found to be almost always the result of tightness in the pectoralis minor muscle or the scalene muscles of the neck. There is a lot of “real estate” to cover from your neck to your hands, so for this condition it is recommended that you get some professional help from a physical therapist, chiropractor, trainer, or massage therapist to palpate the different muscle groups and show you your particular problem areas. Once you know where to work, self care with IASTM will be much more effective. A visit to a professional is also recommended to rule out a disc herniation, that although less common than myofascial concerns that cause tingling, would not want to be missed.
Other considerations are your daily activities, especially seating if you work from a desk or drive for a living. Also your sleep posture. If you sleep on your side with your arm underneath your head- well, that is really bad for squashing the nerves that go to your hands.
The self-care IASTM tool recommended for Tingling or Carpal Tunnel is the “Element” for the wrist, fingers, forearm, and triceps.
A common syndrome that can be treated with IASTM self-care
Fibromyalgia or Myofascial Pain Syndrome is very common, and muscle treatment is commonly used to increase movement and function. Of course, weekly massage or therapy treatments over the course of many months can become very expensive. That’s why some individuals choose to supplement their professional appointment regimen with daily self-care. IASTM makes self-care much easier by improving your “reach” and also “pressure” on affected trigger points. In doing so, self treatments become easy and not stressful on your body at all.
Each person's experience with myofascial pain is different, so if you would like more attention to your situation please don’t hesitate to contact me via email for additional resources.
Self Care IASTM tools recommended for Fibromyalgia/Myofascial Pain are the “Element” for focus work in trigger points, and the Original Bar to work deep into large muscle groups of the back, thigh, and leg...They can be purchased together in the Self Care Set No. 1.
Athletes can resolve sports injuries with IASTM
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