Think Like An Olympian! Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Therapy

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, a champion who has received the most Olympic medals of all time, noted that he receives instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization technique treatments to keep him in top form. “My trainer uses instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization tools, these little metal crowbars. He carves them into my shoulder blades, my back, my knee, my hamstrings-wherever I’m really tight-to loosen things up. It’s pretty intense.” This Olympic champion has won 22 Olympic medals and holds the record for the most medals won and attributes much of his success to the therapy which keeps him in top form!

Olympic swimmer Michael PhelpsHere at Carolina Active Health Chiropractic, we utilize Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) to help enhance recovery and rehabilitation along with manual chiropractic adjustments.  We use HawkGrips instruments which are a hard-edged instrument made of metal to add shearing stress to soft tissue in order to enhance the body’s healing response. The instruments are also used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain. IASTM decreases the overall time of treatment, fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication, and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent. 

Another therapy our office specializes in is the (FAKTR) Technique. Drawing upon the same principle as as IASTM, founder Dr. Tom Hyde developed a variation of the technique adding movement to the IASTM therapy to enhance the rehabilitative process. FAKTR can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including tendinopathy, sprains, strains, and entrapment syndromes, fascial restrictions such as plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, myofascial pain syndromes, adhesive capsulitis, shin splints and post-surgical recovery.  This list of conditions that can be treated with FAKTR protocols are too numerous to list here!  This unique approach to treating in the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues) and during motion sets FAKTR-certified providers in a class all their own. Dr. Michael Nelson is FAKTR certified and trained directly under Dr. Tom Hyde, the technique founder.

Michael Phelps attributed much of his peak performance to the therapy he received. So if instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization is good enough for a record setting Olympian what could it do for you?

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