Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

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Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is an effective way to alleviate aches, pains, stiffness, and other symptoms.

At Hampstead, Sneads Ferry, and Topsail Physical Therapy, we want to give you the best possible physical therapy experience and help you achieve your individual goals for your treatment. We offer a variety of services designed to address many different issues, and one of those services is instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. This treatment is used to treat soft tissue dysfunction, a condition that can manifest in a number of ways, including aches and pains, excessive tension, and tissue adhesion.

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

The name “instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization” can make the procedure sound more complicated than it actually is. It works like this: one of our therapists will use an ergonomically designed tool to apply pressure to the affected area. These instruments allow us to locate areas of scar tissue, or places where the fascia (a layer of collagen fibers between your skin and muscles) has become too thick to allow the muscles to slide freely as they should. Once we know where the scar tissue is, we will continue applying pressure, pulling, stretching, and releasing the fascial tissues until the muscles underneath can move freely once again. This treatment sets off a chain of healing responses in your body, increasing blood flow to the area, and helping the body start to reshape the affected tissues to allow easier motion.

If you have questions about instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, just give us a call to learn more.