IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) is a radical new type of procedure that is changing the way chronic and acute soft tissue injuries are treated. Developed from Gua Sha and Graston Technqiue®, IASTM is fast becomming one of the best soft tissue techniques available.
Specially designed instruments are used to assess and treat areas of dysfunctional tissue or hypertenicity (tight muscles). The instruments provide unique feedback from the tissue, which would otherwise be difficult to feel only using your hands. Various techniques can then be applied to influence the desired areas.
Graston Technique is considered the industry standard having been the first company to develop and teach instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). The use of stainless steel instruments allows the practitioner to pinpoint and break down scar tissue and fascial adhesions, which are so often the cause of pain and dysfunction.
Graston has been shown to be effective in the treatment of:
- Lumbar strains and sprains
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Patello-femoral Disorders
- Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis
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The nervous system
One of the best outcomes of IASTM is its ability to influence nervous tissue in the body. Stimulation of receptors that are found inside muscles, fascia, tendons etc, can help create fast changes to pain, tension and muscle activation.
Hyaluronic Acid Release Techniques™ – (HART™)
Is a revolutionary IASTM technique developed by our very own Kinect Health Team. HART™ is designed to treat tissue densification (thickening), which can occur for many reasons. Tissue densification stops the different layers of tissue from being able to move properly. Restriction in tissue movement can result in altered movement patterns and pain.
We are proud to be pioneers in this emerging field of soft tissue treatment, and provide the very best IASTM treatment for our patients.
How Graston works
The body is largely made up of soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. When any of these soft tissues are injured through the cumulative injury cycle, or through direct trauma such as spraining an ankle, the tissues repair themselves in a randomised fashion. This causes scar tissue to develop in the area, and may lead to pain and chronic injury.
While scar tissue itself does not cause any pain, it restricts the range of motion and stops nerves from sliding correctly, and the resultant stiffness often contributes to persistent pain. The pain can range from mild and irritating to severely debilitating and requires effective treatment to heal properly.