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WHAT IS TOOL ASSISTED MASSAGE?

Tool Assisted Massage is an Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) technique, used to release fascial restrictions within the body. This technique is used to detect restrictions within the musculoskeletal system altering the body’s normal mechanics.

IASTM helps increase range of motion, muscle flexibility, muscle strength and release pain from restricted motion. IASTM may be performed post operation, before and after exercise, and as a key supplement to any athletes program.

WHAT IS FASCIA?

Fascia is the biological fabric that holds our body together. It is found throughout our body and is best visualized as a webbing that weaves its way around our muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, bones, arteries, veins, and organs to offer support and assist with transferring forces. This webbing can become bound up or stuck together forming thick tissue masses that limit range of motion, alter biomechanics, and cause pain.

At Catalyst, we like to describe fascia as a sponge. When a sponge is dry, it’s brittle and stiff. Through this technique, we can break down the adhesions in the tissue and restore fluid channels that allow for springy resiliancy. This fluid nature is essential to restore full muscle function and properly disperse the forces traveling through the systems of our body as we move in life.

TOOL ASSISTED MASSAGE IS PROVEN TO HELP WITH:


  • Tendinopathies
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome
  • IT Band Syndrome “Runner’s Knee”
  • Myofascial Dysfunction
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Lower Back Stiffness
  • Shin Splints
  • Temporomandibular Pain
  • Soft Tissue Entrapment
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Nerve Pain and Headaches
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Ligament/Joint Injury
  • Meniscus tearing
  • ACL/PCL Sprains
  • MCL/LCL Sprains
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Scar Tissue Buildup
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • What are the benefits of stretch therapy?
  • What’s the difference between me doing the stretches and you performing them for me?
  • How often should I be coming in for stretch sessions?
  • When should I perform this type of stretching if I’m an athlete?
What are the benefits of stretch therapy?
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved circulation (which increases energy levels)
  • Improved flexibility
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Helps prevent injury
  • Decreased stress levels
What’s the difference between me doing the stretches and you performing them for me?

Active stretching (you are stretching yourself) includes no external force. You use one muscle group to stretch another muscle group. With passive stretching an external force (a partner) is being used to generate the tension or stretch in the targeted muscle while opposing muscles are in a relaxed state – allowing for deeper flexible gains.

How often should I be coming in for stretch sessions?

It really depends on how tight you are when we perform your initial visit. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends stretching each major muscle group 2-3x per week. Whether it be at Catalyst or at home, adding stretching to your healthcare regimen will help your muscles and joints live a long healthy life.

When should I perform this type of stretching if I’m an athlete?

If your sport relies on a large amount of flexibility (gymnastics, dance) then we recommend doing our partner-assisted stretching prior to performing a dynamic warm up. If you rely on lots of sprinting, cutting, jumping in your sport (soccer, football, basketball) then our stretching is best done after practices or competitions.


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