Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Looking for the best way to getting rid of scar tissue after a surgery or injury in Columbia, Fulton, or Laurel?

Scar tissue formation is a normal part of healing following an injury or surgery.  Similar ot a scab, a raised bump, or keloid following a cut or scrape, internally scar tissue can form easily, resulting in limited motion and mobility. The goal of scar tissue is for the most part to protect the body from being further damaged or disrupted and to help it retain some form of structural integrity. While this sounds great, though it may even look and feel the same as the original tissue that was injured, structurally it is not.  In fact, scarred tissue looks the way it does for a reason.  There is a limited amount of time after an injury or surgery during which scarred tissue can remain mobile and capable of partially changing its orientation in response to specific manual stress.  When done properly, this can result in improved movement and mobility not only of the tissue but consequently also of the muscles and joints that it overlays. One method often used by doctors to perform this is through the use of a practice called Instruments Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, or IASTM, in short.    

Due to the nature of some injuries (or following surgery), scarred tissue formation is normal and one can have limited motion and overall strength as a result. Due to the formation of scarred tissue, the ability to perform the activities you want to perform are limited and often painful.  Through a combination of research on tissue structure and physiology, physical therapists are able to now use specialized tools to help reorient and realign damaged (or scarred) tissue and also help the body to regenerate dysfunctional tissues.  Specialized tools are used to help break superficial and deep fascial tissue and improve mobility in adjacent muscles, tendons and nerves. There are many different tools one can use; more modern methods even include an automated tool that helps by vibrating to soften the affected area in a pulsatile manner.  Some of the current popular instruments and methods used to mobilize scarred tissue include ASTYM and  Graston.  

 At 360 Physical Therapy & Wellness in Fulton, Maryland, our therapists specialize in addressing and treating scarred tissue formation that may be limiting your motion, strength and overall mobility.  Some common conditions that are treated using IASTM include low back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain (rotator cuff sprain or tendonitis), fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, wrist sprain, ankle sprain,  tissue shortening post-mastectomy, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and hamstring strains and tears just to name a few. 
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