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What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?

What is IASTM?

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a non-invasive technique used to treat fascial dysfunction due to soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration.  Physical therapists can use IASTM tools to break down adhesions and scar tissue.  This improves range of motion and decreases pain so that proper mechanics can be reinforced and taught through exercise and other modalities.  IASTM tools come in many shapes and sizes, but the most commonly used […]

By | February 16th, 2018|

TENDONS: What are they?

A tendon is a fibrous connective tissue that joins a muscle to a bone.  Tendons are made of collagen and are designed to withstand load and transmit force.

What’s the difference between tendinitis, tendinosis, and tendinopathy?

Tendinitis and tendinosis both fall under the umbrella of tendinopathy, or disease of tendon.  Overuse or repetitive trauma often leads to tendon pathology.

  • Tendinitis refers to an acute tendon injury […]
By | January 29th, 2018|

What is Kinesiotape?

What is Kinesiotape?

Kinesiotape is often used in rehab settings to assist in healing and provide stability and support.  Physiological effects of kinesiotape are said to aide in “circulatory and lymphatic systems, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.”  Affecting even the integumentary system, kinesiotape “targets different receptors within the somatosensory system by microscopically lifting the skin.”


There are different techniques to promote different benefits.  Kinesiotape can […]

By | December 1st, 2017|

Therapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy

Therapeutic modalities help reduce pain, promote healing, and augment your physical therapy program.  In conjunction with therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, and manual therapy techniques, modalities can be helpful tools to lead you to recovery.  Here are some common modalities used in physical therapy:


  • Ultrasound: Sound waves are transmitted […]
By | October 31st, 2017|

The Healing Process

The healing process plays a very important role during your time in physical therapy and often determines the trajectory of your care.  In order to ensure the best healing, we coincide our treatment with these phases to make your tissue stronger and healthier.  Here’s a brief overview of the phases of healing:


ACUTE PHASE:  This is immediately after your muscle injury and occurs in the first week.  Our job during the acute phase is to PROTECT.  […]

By | September 30th, 2017|

What is the Human Balance System?

Balance is the body’s ability to maintain the line of gravity within the base of support.  With balance, you can make automatic postural adjustments to maintain posture and stability throughout everyday life.  There are three key players in maintaining your balance:  Vision, Vestibular, and Proprioception.

  • Vision: Your vision tells you where you are relative to other objects.   Because of your vision, you can sense motion between […]
By | August 31st, 2017|