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Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Foot Pain
There is no denying that the feet are probably among the most overused area of the body. Even the smallest parts of your feet have major mobility functions. Your big toes, for instance, give you that propulsive force when you walk.
If you are suffering from foot pain such as metatarsalgia and inflammation in the ball of your foot, your mobility can be greatly limited. Likewise, if you are suffering from stabbing heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis, you might subconsciously alter the way you walk. This causes cascading knee, hip, and back problems.
These are just a couple examples out of many foot ailments people suffer from. After all, each foot is made up of 26 bones that function seamlessly along with a complex maze of tendons, ligaments, and muscles. If any of these start malfunctioning, or if these parts are overexerted, your feet will often react with pain and discomfort.
Fortunately, there are certain treatment methods such as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM for short, that can help manage these foot-related musculoskeletal conditions.
What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?
IASTM is a cover or umbrella term of a wide variety of techniques, concepts and theories where practitioners use tools to have a positive effect on the human body. Whilst many think of it as some form of Gua Sha, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, the reality is that Gua Sha is just one type of IASTM. The vast majority of concepts and theories are based on the western medical model of thinking on how physical therapy works. Certified IASTM practitioners use a variety of non-invasive techniques to efficiently and effectively treat soft tissue dysfunction.
How Does IASTM Work?
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization involves the use of ergonomically designed tools to find and treat fascial restrictions. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine historically use tools made from jade or buffalo horn. Western physical therapy professionals use instruments made form a range of materials from plastics to metals. Stainless steel is currently the most popular material used due hard wearing nature, enhanced practitioner feedback and ease of cleaning.
Benefits of Using IASTM
The use of IASTM has a three-fold benefit. Studies have proven its benefits at a cellular level since it results in increased fibroblast proliferation. This plays a major role in tissue repair, reduced scar tissue, and enhanced vascular response. On a clinical level, studies have shown that the use of IASTM has resulted in an improved range of motion, pain perception, and strength especially upon completion of the treatment. As with all therapeutic techniques there are occasions where IASTM shouldn’t be used. Finding a well trained IASTM practitioner means you will be in safe hands. They will know when IASTM should and shouldn’t be used.
Using IASTM techniques as an alternative way to manage and treat foot related disorders has been growing in popularity with tens of thousands of practitioners worldwide. However, make sure that you seek certified IASTM professionals that have the very best education and skills available.
About the Author
Joe Fleming is the founder of ViveHealth. Joe enjoys blogging to inspire others to rebel against the stereotypes of ageing. To check out the great work that ViveHealth does then use the link above, or click the logo below, to view their website.