Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization/Graston Therapies

MN Spine and Sport is committed to improving mobility and correcting the causes and symptoms of pain. For patients across Minneapolis-St. Paul, we aim to find a treatment that works for you. Your muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons can contribute to pain and can also influence how well you move. Soft tissue mobilization therapies such as the Graston Technique, FAKTR, and manual therapy work to reduce muscle tension, decrease pain, and improve range of motion. We are trained in many different forms of IASTM, most likely you will get the best combination of all!

IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial restrictions and effectively treat soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration. As IASTM works by allowing the layers of fascia to move more freely over each other. This increased movement allows creates a window of opportunity for more effective rehabilitation. 

Some patients, particularly those with chronic injuries, may bruise after treatment.  That is normal, however, methods have changed over the years, and the deep “scraping”, bruising, and pain that was common in the past is not common now. In fact, research has shown the opposite to be more effective. Softer, less pressure will have a more positive response!

While a great service by itself, it is often paired with exercise and movement so that you can maximize your gains while in the office.  

What is NOT validated by research is that scar tissue is being broken up.  Adhesions between tissues are also not being broken up. Fascia is NOT being released.  The pain reduction and increased range of motion are caused by a down-regulation of the central nervous system and stimulation of the painful or injured areas, causing muscle relaxation, decreased pain, and increased movement.

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Watch this video by Dr. Schreiber to learn more about Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization at MN Spine and Sport