Tool Assisted Massage

Tool Assisted Massage

What is Tool Assisted Massage? Tool assisted massage Decreases overall time of treatment Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery   The Tool assisted massage incorporates instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation techniques that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. • Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibres • Increases skin temperature • Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern • Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment) • Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area • Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells • Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity Why is scar tissue a problem? Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did before the injury. How is scar tissue different from other tissue? When viewed under a microscope, normal tissue can take a couple of different fashions: dense, regular elongated fibres running in the same direction, such as tendons and ligaments; or dense, irregular and loose with fibres running in multiple directions. In either instance, when tissue is damaged it will heal in a haphazard pattern–or scarring–that results in a restricted range of motion and, very often, pain. How are the instruments used? The instruments are used to enhance the clinician’s ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the...