IASTM/Graston Type Techniques stands for Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. It is a tool which enables therapists to effectively find, and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunctions. This approach uses instruments with a specialized form of massage by scraping the skin gently. Instrument assisted techniques are beneficial in breaking up soft tissue and fascial adhesions, decreasing muscle tone and detecting areas of chronic inflammation.
Functional Cupping is when therapists place silicone suction cups along the patient’s skin to “lift” the skin. Functional cupping helps in reducing pain and inflammation, as well as increasing blood flow. We do not typically “bruise” patients here at In Motion Physical Therapy because the cups are not left on the patient for prolonged periods of time.
Kinesiotaping is a taping technique which facilitates the body’s natural healing process while also providing stability to muscles and joints without decreasing the body’s range of motion.