Soft Tissue Therapy
Adhesions are thickened areas of soft tissue that may result from acute trauma, repetitive motions, or constant tension. You can also think of adhesions like scar tissue. They help protect areas of high use from further damage. Areas of compensation are likely to have adhesions. If these adhesions are attached to muscle, they can inhibit the muscles ability to function and create pain, as well as weakening the integrity of the soft tissue making it susceptible to further injuries.
Dr. Hamel is certified in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Rocktape. IASTM uses a stainless steel instrument, which combs over and catches these adhesions. It effectively breaks down scar tissue and reduces inflammation that causes pain and restricted mobility. This technique has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating: achilles tendonitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, rotator cuff tendonitis, women’s health post surgery (cesarian and post mastectomy), and others.
Rocktape is a specific form of athletic tape that has an increased amount of stretch to allow normal movement when worn. It has three main purposes: decrease pain, increase lymphatic flow to help heal tissue, and provide neuromuscular stimulation to stimulate normal motion of the area. It is being used in numerous professions because of its ability to allow the patient to heal while maintaining proper movement. It is also comfortable and mostly waterproof. It can help many injuries, rehabilitation as well as postural reinforcement.