Soft Tissue Therapy with IASTM Tools, What's the Big Deal?
Manual therapy takes time and is hard work, right? But, practitioners who spend even a little bit of time on key myofascial points will often see tremendously improved results. In my experience even 3-5 minutes of soft tissue therapy is the key to unlocking a faster recovery, and making your treatment plan a success.
Take it from me, I've been there...
Back in 1999 when I started practice, I had 20 minute appointment slots which consisted of general trigger point massage, PIR stretching, joint manipulation, followed by a quick home exercise lesson. I was happy with my results for the most part, but felt that there was so much “soft tissue” ground to cover for any given case, that I couldn’t work all the areas I thought necessary in the allotted time frame. I’d have to skip important areas or exerted myself trying to fit it all in (and then be late for the next patient).
Could there Possibly be Another Way?
When the first Graston Technique™ Seminar came to Chicago in 2001 I attended and learned the merits of focused edge tool application (Cyriax Cross Friction Style) to what was then commonly referred to as “fibrous scar tissue.” I couldn’t afford a 3K tool set at the time, and spent the weekend grinding out my first two stainless steel instruments with combined profiles and a grip handle.
Referred to as the “The Paisleys” by my patients (predecessor to the Myo-Bar Healing Edge II instruments), I began “plugging-in” instrument assisted therapy during the soft tissue or fascia release segment of my appointments.
In the End, it Really Counts
And this, is the “Big Deal”- why every chiropractor, PT, physiotherapist, osteopath, trainer, and massage therapist should utilize IASTM as a helpful adjunct therapy.
I treated more sections of tissue in less time. I was able to palpate smaller fascial lesions around joint capsules and tendons (that were inaccessible with my hands alone). I exerted less energy during a treatment.
And, finally, I really pleased my patients with quicker recoveries, who never let me forget to “use that paisley thing.”