How ISTM Decreases Pain Medication Dependency

How ISTM Decreases Pain Medication Dependency

Pain management has been replaced by pain medication for many people, with 250 million prescriptions written for some type of opioid in 2012. These pills work for a variety of different conditions, and doctors and patients alike have celebrated the success of the comfort they can bring. However, both groups have also seen the devastating consequences...

INDUSTRY NEWS

Mobility Tools Add Value to Your Sessions and Ease the Strain on Your Body
Massage Magazine

Foam rollers, bands, mobility balls, cups, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization tools — in our industry, the tool selection is vast and interesting. Tools are available in so many different materials and vary in sizes, technique of application and temperature. It can be difficult to sort out or understand how to try the different possibilities out there, so let’s break down what tools are and how they can work in your practice.

Your New Massage Tool: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation
Massage Magazine

IASTM is a manual therapy approach to musculoskeletal injuries using tools. IASTM tools can be used to address fascial restrictions as well as areas of the body that exhibit soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation or degeneration. As a rehab tool, IASTM reduces pain and increases range of motion. There are many things to consider when purchasing and using IASTM tools in your practice, including: how the tool feels to you and the client you are working with;...

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Techniques Improve Hamstring Flexibility Better Than Static Stretching Alone: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy

Tight hamstrings contribute to inefficiency of movement and increased risk for injury. Static stretching is the most common intervention for this problem, but the use of alternatives like instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is increasing among clinicians.

ADDITIONAL UPDATES

Study Suggests More Integration Of Massage For Cancer Patients Needed
Massage Magazine

In June, the American Society of Clinical Oncology endorsed an evidence-based guideline created by the Society for Integrative Oncology that recommends complementary therapies, including massage therapy, for cancer patients. However, a recent study found a lack of integration when it comes to massage therapy and outpatient cancer care.

The symptomatic and functional effects of manual physical therapy on plantar heel pain: a systematic review
Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy

Plantar heel pain is common and can be severely disabling. Annually, roughly two million patients spend $284 million on the evaluation and treatment of plantar heel pain in the United States. Nearly 10% of the population will suffer from plantar heel pain at some time in their life. There...

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