The History of IASTM
The best Non-Invasive Methods for Healing
The health and fitness campaigns have worked! There is more awareness about the need to be physically fit and its positive impact on our health. However, while more people are engaging in highly intense physical activities, the tendency to experience sports injury due to over-exertion or muscle-strain cannot be ruled out. Sports injury causes inflammation, pain and may sometimes require surgery. If this happens how can you heal faster? There is a way; it involves the use of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation tools popularly called the IASTM tools. Tracing the history of these tools reveals an interesting story.
The IASTM tools have been developed to help patients healing from all kinds of muscle strain, injuries or adhesion after surgery. The IASTM tools have been developed based on the traditional Asian Gua Sha practice. It is a practice that involves the use of tools to apply pressure on sore body parts to relieve pain, tension, and to promote fast muscle recovery. The Gua Sha techniques have been very effective when the traditional tools were used, and thanks to technology the Gua Sha tools have been replicated, this time as the Myofascial IASTM tools. Made from 304-grade stainless steel the Myofascial IASTM tools have been designed for use by chiropractors, doctors, sports teams, massage therapists, and for personal use.
When done by an experienced professional, the Graston therapy is the best option for sports athletes and other physically active people who seek a fast relief from sore muscles, tissue damage, inflammation, and adhesion as well as other sports injuries. The Graston tools have particularly become popular in the chiropractic and medical practice because they reduce the stress on the hands while working on the sore muscles and parts of the body. As massage tools, they have aided the functions of a masseuse who can offer more targeted services such as the relief of sore muscles and treatment of soft tissues.
The manual therapy process
The manual treatment process begins with a meeting during which you will be assessed by the expert to find out the cause of discomfort and what can be done to relieve the pain. You will be given a brief education to help you understand the issue and why you feel the pains and discomfort. The expert will also explain the Graston therapy to be used in your particular case. The treatment will commence with the use of the Myofascial IASTM tools designed for the part of your body where discomfort is being experienced. After treatment, you will receive guidance on post exercises to maintain the healing process, and in a few days, you should feel better.
The Myofascial IASTM tools are easy to use. The experts encourage individuals to own their IASTM tools for use to provide fast muscle recovery and relief from pain, especially after workout sessions.
As tools for use during manual therapy, the IASTM Myofascial tools have been developed to have features such as double bevelled edges, different depths and contours, multiple well-shaped edges, and a good grip which makes it easy for a therapist to use these tools on any part of the human body without needing to switch hands. The Myofascial Graston tools include the Long bar, Gripper, Glider, and the Curve. They are specific IASTM tools designed for use on different parts of the human body such as the lower and upper arms, thighs, knees, feet, calves, upper and lower back, forearms, etc.
Who uses these tools?
Experienced coaches in charge of sports teams who know about the Gua Sha techniques have found ways to use the Myofascial IASTM tools to keep their best players on the team. These tools are also used by chiropractors who can provide more quality services to patients without causing too much strain on their hands, thanks to the functions of these tools. Other professionals who have found the Myofascial Graston tools useful are doctors, and masseuse experts.
Benefits of IASTM tools
One of the outstanding benefits of the IASTM tools is that you do not require any certifications to use them. This means you can have your set of Myofascial tools for private use to avoid long days or nights of sore muscles and aches.
The tools are also designed with specifically created edges and curves to fit all the parts of your body. There are tools such as the curves which can be used to work on smaller parts of the body such as fingers and the small depths in your feet and ankles. And the long bars which are perfect for your thighs, arms, and back. The grippers and gliders are designed to work on different muscle groups in your body. This means a standard, ergonomic and portable set includes all the tools you need to feel better after physical activity.
In more severe conditions, you should seek professional help in clinics where the Graston therapy is offered.
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