“When you get a taut band, your muscle is not relaxing and contracting as it should be, and it causes a knot, or trigger point. When you push on those trigger points, it can refer pain elsewhere,” explains Liz Chumanov, DPT, PhD, a physical therapist at the UW Health Sports Rehabilitation Clinic who is trained in the technique. “What the needle is doing is allowing you to get directly at that spot — it’s going to disrupt that taut band and cause it to relax. It’s going to cause a little bit of tissue damage, which is actually a good thing because it will cause more blood to flow to the area, and blood flow is very healing. It can also have a quieting effect on the nerves.”
Joint mobilization is a type of manual therapy that involves the passive movement of specific joints using the skilled application of force, direction, and technique.
The specific type, magnitude, speed, and frequency of joint mobilization performed depends on several factors. The primary effects of joint mobilizations include pain reduction, improved range of motion, and improved quality of joint movement itself (known as arthrokinematics).
Chiropractors refer to this type of manual therapy as an adjustment. Both terms offer the same end goal and benefit, which is to fix the joints.
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a popular treatment for myofascial restriction. IASTM uses specially designed instruments to provide a mobilizing effect to scar tissue and myofascial adhesions. Several IASTM tools and techniques are available such as the Graston® technique.
Benefits of IASTM
Increased collagen production.
Restoring proper function.
Speeding up recovery time.
Alleviating chronic pain conditions.
No downtime, you can continue activities as normal.