S.A.S.T.M. (A Graston Technique)
S.A.S.T.M. is great for athletes, repetitive stress injuries, weekend warriors and even people with desk jobs who sit for long hours at a time. Professional athletes and their trainers use this method because it gets results.
These instruments separate and break down scar tissue that has accumulated in muscles, ligaments and tendons after an injury, even a minor one. Injuries cause decreased movement leading to acute or chronic pain and inflammation.
After treatment, there is an increase in movement, cellular activity, fibroblastic activity (tissue that plays a critical role in wound healing) and an accelerated amount of blood flow to and from the area allowing the body to heal. Tissues begin to realign in the appropriate manner without knots or adhesions which will lead to decreased movement and elevate the risk of another injury.
What is Soft tissue Mobilization (S.A.S.T.M.)?
Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (S.A.S.T.M.) was created by Dr. David Graston who also developed the Graston Technique.
Here is how it works:
When tissues are injured during a sports injury or accident, “knots” or adhesions fill the wounded area and prevent muscles and tissues from moving the way they should. Our tools release these knots enabling increased blood flow to and from the area enabling your body to heal quickly and keep your tissues working the way they should.
How does this happen?
The ergonomic design of our instruments allows us to easily locate restrictions caused by scar tissue adhesions through sound waves illuminated during the treatment. After locating and treating these areas we help the body lay down new tissue in an organized manner preventing knots and tender areas in the body.
Why is scar tissue an issue?
Scar tissue limits range of motion adding stress and degeneration which prevents the patient from functioning the same as they did before the injury or incident.
How is scar tissue different from other tissues in the body?
Normal tissue runs in the same direction of your body’s tendons and ligaments. This allows for proper movement of muscles, tissues and bones. However, scar tissue runs in multiple directions unless they are trained to do so. This restricts proper movement and very often causes pain. We get rid of the bad tissue (scar tissue) and train new tissues to lay down the way they should. This gets rid of your symptoms and keeps your body moving properly, decreasing injury and degeneration.
How does scar tissue happen?
When the body is under repetitive stress or trauma, scar tissue may develop. This could be as a result of surgery, immobilization, motor vehicle accidents or sports injuries. Scar tissue forms knots and tender areas in muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia.
Soft tissue mobilization has great success with the problems listed below:
- Bicep Tendinitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- DeQuervain’s Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder
- Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
- Trigger Finger
- Achilles Tendinitis (Heel Pain)
- Ankle Strains/Sprains (Medial/Lateral)
- Groin Pulls
- Hammer Toe
- Hamstring Injuries
- Hip Replacements
- Knee Replacements
- Knee Sprains
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Patellar Tendinitis (Anterior Knee Pain)
- Quadricep Injuries (Thigh)
- Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
- Shin Splints
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Posterior TibialisTendinitis
- Turf Toe
- Musculoskeletal Imbalances
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Thoracic Pain (Mid Back)
Athletic injuries can lead to impaired function and disruption of nerve endings to the brain which can effect messages to your muscles. If you have hurt yourself during a sport or have muscle, ligament or tendon issues, this technique is for you! Here is a great video showing how chiropractic affects balance, movement and can help your performance: