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  • Mina Pashayi

When Massage isn't Cutting it... Muscle Scrapping to the Rescue!

Muscle scraping, also known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), is a manual therapy technique used by chiropractors to treat soft tissue injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. It involves the use of specialized tools to scrape or glide over the skin's surface, targeting areas of muscle and soft tissue dysfunction. This technique is often used in conjunction with other therapies to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and promote tissue healing.

Muscle Scraping, Gua Sha, IASTM
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation

Muscle scraping is commonly used to address conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome, muscle strains, tendonitis, and conditions characterized by muscle tightness or adhesions. It is believed to help improve tissue function, reduce pain, and enhance range of motion.

Benefits Include:

  • Improved Soft Tissue Function: IASTM can help break down adhesions and fascial restrictions in the soft tissues. By doing so, it can improve the elasticity and mobility of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. This can lead to increased range of motion and reduced stiffness.

  • Pain Reduction: Many individuals experience a reduction in pain after IASTM treatments. By releasing tension in the soft tissues and promoting blood flow to the affected area, IASTM can help alleviate pain associated with conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome, muscle strains, and tendonitis.

  • Faster Recovery: IASTM can accelerate the body's natural healing processes. It may help speed up the resolution of soft tissue injuries and reduce the overall recovery time for certain conditions.

  • Enhanced Circulation: The scraping action of IASTM can stimulate blood flow to the treated area. Improved circulation can promote tissue healing by delivering oxygen and nutrients to the cells while removing waste products.

  • Improved Athletic Performance: Athletes often use IASTM as a part of their recovery and injury prevention routines. By maintaining healthy soft tissues and addressing minor injuries early, athletes may experience improved performance and reduced risk of more significant injuries.

  • Reduction in Muscle Knots and Trigger Points: IASTM can be effective in releasing muscle knots and trigger points, which are commonly associated with muscle pain and dysfunction. By breaking down these tight spots, IASTM can lead to pain relief and improved muscle function.

Interested in experience this technique for an injury or chronic pain? Text (855) 489-5311 for more information or schedule online

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