WHAT IS THE SASTM DIFFERENCE?
The SASTM method is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. This method enables clinicians to effectively locate and treat areas of soft tissue dysfunction through the use of an instrument, thus preventing overuse of their hands.
Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions through sound waves. This allows the clinician to locate and treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.
The introduction of controlled micro-trauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. The micro-trauma 'initiates healing'...
...in the reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities, resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue, which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.
- Reduces the need for surgical intervention and medication
- Contributes to the overall reduction of health related costs
- Instantaneous results
- Increase in range of motion and flexibility
- Because our instruments resonate so well, it allows your clinician to focus only on damaged tissue and maintain the surrounding tissue.
- No activity restrictions post treatment
- Drastically improve your quality of life
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE SASTM METHOD?
The answer may surprise you, but ANYBODY can truly benefit from treatment.
SASTM is not only highly effective at treating patients with acute to chronic conditions, but it has also been designed for those looking to prevent injury, increase performance, and increase range of motion.
SASTM instruments were designed to be safely used in both men and women of all ages.
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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY SASTM TREATMENT?
At the start of your appointment your clinician will sit down with you and discuss the symptoms you are having and how SASTM will benefit you. Once your clinician goes over all the information you both need, they will start by warming up the area with heat, ultrasound, stretching, or active exercises. After the area is nice and warm, your clinician will then apply an SASTM emollient to the treatment area to help lubricate it, allowing for the SASTM instruments to glide over the skin without any discomfort. Once the emollient is applied, the clinician, using their extensive education gained from SASTM seminars and training, will start the SASTM method. During the final step, your clinician will explain all the stretches and exercises you should continue in order to promote proper fiber alignment and to speed up your healing process.
SASTM instruments are made up of the highest quality ceramic polymer on the market. These instruments allow your SASTM clinician to feel all of the tissues which require treatment. Your clinician’s training and the sensitivity of these instruments identifies exactly what tissues need to be treated while minimizing collateral damage to any surrounding healthy tissue. This method keeps your clinician from over-treatment and returns you swiftly to the activities that you love most. Some post treatment tenderness is common, but be assured this is a part of the healing process.
SASTM treatments are highly effective. You should notice an increased range of motion and a decrease in symptoms immediately after treatment.
WHAT IS SCAR TISSUE?
Everyone develops scar tissue over time. This is the body's normal reaction to injury—no matter how slight. Even simple actions that most people wouldn't regard as injury-producing can lead to a buildup of scar tissue. Repetitive motions like typing, for example, can cause micro-trauma to the soft tissue (often referred to as an overuse injury), leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. As part of the repair process, scar tissue is created. However, this type of tissue tends to interfere with the smooth movement of muscle and may eventually affect your range of motion.
If you have ever felt a tightness or inability to move a joint in a fluid manner, you likely have a buildup of scar tissue. Our soft tissues (including tendons and ligaments) are made of collagen, which is a substance that looks like strands of rope wound together into a net-like formation called fascia. When an injury occurs, it causes frays, kinks and bends in the collagen strands of the fascia, which create the scar tissue. Ideally, scar tissue is replaced by normal tissue as it heals, but this does not always happen.
Adhesions are small bits of scar tissue that bind the tissues around them, leading to stiffness and a reduction in strength and range of motion. Nerves often become trapped in these adhesions, creating "trigger points" from which pain can radiate. Painful movements lead to less activity, and less activity leads to a further reduced range of motion. Because scar tissue has less circulation and is less flexible and elastic than normal muscle tissue, muscles become shorter and weaker. It is important to remove these scar tissue adhesions in order to reduce pain and restore strength and the proper range of motion.
*reference Dr. Aaron Martin | Iowa Chiropractic Clinic
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN SASTM SOLVE?
- Bicep Tendinitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- DeQuervain's Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder
- Joint Contractures
- Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
- Trigger Finger
- Achilles Tendinitis (Heel Pain)
- Ankle Strains/Sprains (Medial/Lateral)
- Groin Pulls
- Hammer Toe
- Hamstring Injuries
- Hip Replacements
- I T Band
- Joint Contractures
- Knee Replacements
- Knee Sprains
- Morton's Neuroma
- Patellar Tendinitis (Anterior Knee Pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Quadricep Injuries
- Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
- Shin Splints
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
- Turf Toe
- Musculoskeletal Imbalances
NECK & SPINE
- Cervical (Neck Pain)
- Lumbar/Sacral (Low Back Pain)
- SI Pain
- Thoracic (Mid Back Pain)