A form of manual therapy that uses a high velocity low amplitude thrust (HVLAT) that is often accompanied by an audible click, crack, or pop. Spinal Manipulation is a highly skilled technique that is performed by a licensed physical therapist after a thorough physical examination and history. Spinal manipulation is prescribed when the desired results are in an immediate restoration of range of motion and local muscle relaxation.
Joint mobilizations are crucial in restoring range of motion to an area of restriction. Licensed physical therapists will use joint mobilizations when motion is limited by articular structures. Joint mobilizations are graded techniques that are varied based on pain tolerance and acuity of the condition. This ultimately leads to a quicker return to normal motion and function.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft tissue mobilization is the assessment, treatment, and management of dysfunction. Soft tissue mobilization can be used to relieve myofascial trigger points, reduce swelling and inflammation, relax tight areas, and promote healing. Your therapist at Vertex PT Specialists is trained in a variety of techniques including myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, trigger point therapy, etc.
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) consists of tools that replace the practitioner’s hands, allowing the user more ease in the treatment of hypertonic tissues which are shown to be locally hypoxic and acidic.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Instruments (IASTM) are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with other modalities to increase the effectiveness of the soft tissue work being performed by helping to correct the and improve pain and injury associated with surgeries, overuse, and underuse conditions, by providing a novel stimulus to the central nervous system, decreasing tone, and potentially assisting to improve function of the targeted tissues.