Unlocking the Benefits of IASTM (AKA Graston Therapy) at Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness

Published June 5th, 2024 by Dr. Sam Camarata

What is IASTM?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), also known as Graston Therapy, is a specialized manual therapy technique that utilizes stainless steel instruments to detect and treat areas of scar tissue and fascial restrictions. This method allows for deeper, more precise pressure application than manual techniques alone, promoting effective treatment and faster recovery.

Understanding Fascia

Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones, and organs. It plays a crucial role in the structural integrity and function of our bodies, acting like a web that holds everything in place. When fascia is healthy, it is flexible and moves smoothly. However, when it becomes tense or damaged, it can cause pain, restrict movement, and lead to a host of other issues.

Why Do Our Muscles and Fascia Become Tense?

Various stressors contribute to the tension in our muscles and fascia. These stressors can be categorized into three main types:

Physical Stressors:

  • Overuse injuries from repetitive motions
  • Acute injuries like sprains and strains
  • Poor posture and ergonomics
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sports
  • Fitness & exercise

Chemical Stressors:

  • Exposure to toxins and pollutants
  • Poor diet and dehydration
  • Inflammatory responses to certain foods or substances

Mental/Emotional Stressors:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • High-stress environments
  • Lack of adequate sleep and relaxation

These stressors can lead to the development of fascial adhesions and muscular tension, causing pain and limiting mobility.

The Benefits of IASTM (Graston Therapy)

IASTM offers numerous benefits, making it a powerful technique for addressing various musculoskeletal issues. Here are some key advantages:

  • Deep Tissue Fascia Release: The instruments used in IASTM enable therapists to apply deep, targeted pressure to release fascial restrictions.
  • Pain Relief: By breaking up adhesions and promoting blood flow, IASTM helps alleviate chronic pain and discomfort.
  • Improved Mobility: Releasing fascial tension allows for greater flexibility and range of motion.
  • Increased Strength and Endurance: Enhanced mobility and reduced pain contribute to improved strength and endurance.
  • Reduced Inflammation: The technique helps reduce inflammation by promoting lymphatic drainage and blood circulation.
  • Enhanced Blood Flow and Circulation: Improved circulation supports overall tissue health and speeds up the healing process.
  • Breaks Up Adhesions: IASTM breaks down scar tissue and adhesions, allowing muscles and fascia to glide smoothly during movement and exercise.

IASTM is Effective for Various Conditions:

IASTM is versatile and can be applied to a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Mid-back pain (between the shoulder blades)
  • Upper trapezius, levator scapulae, and rhomboid muscle tension
  • Forearm and elbow pain
  • Thumb pain and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back pain
  • Leg and calf pain
  • Sports recovery & performance
  • Fitness
  • Post-surgical scar tissue
  • Chronic tension in muscles
  • & WAY MORE!

Ask us about Graston Therapy at your next chiropractic appointment to see how it can benefit you!

Take Action for Better Health

At Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness, we are committed to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness. If you’re experiencing pain or limited mobility, consider IASTM (Graston Therapy) as part of your treatment plan. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discover the benefits of this effective technique.

Contact Information:

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Address: 3237 Union St, North Chili, NY 14514

Phone: 585-617-4145


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