Instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a chiropractic technique that helps relieve muscle pain and inflammation in many parts of the body. In this video, we demonstrate how to use IASTM to relieve shoulder muscle pain through this technique, which is also known as the Graston Technique® or FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab).
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PHYSICIAN: Often we have patients come in with some muscle tension and pain through their traps. This can be caused by sports injuries, sleeping wrong, car accident, almost anything. We've all felt tension through this area.
One of the things we do to help relieve that tension is instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization. Oftentimes it is also referred to as Graston or FAKTR.
We're going to use a little bit of emollient here with our instrument as we rub through the muscle. The plan is to go through and find all the little knots or trigger points that you can find in the trap, and use the tool to help relax that muscle, bring down any of the inflammation and swelling that is in that muscle. Begin to reset the muscle length to its proper position.
As we go through that you'll see the skin starts to turn a little bit red. That's normal, it's just an increase in blood flow. The increase in blood flow helps to decrease the inflammation in the muscle, and relax it.