As a doctor of chiropractic, I see many patients who suffer from limited range of motion, whether it’s cervical, lumbar or even an extremity. When I examine a patient and identify limited mobility in an area, my treatment protocol will not only consist of a chiropractic spinal adjustment, but also instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) with a HawkGrips instrument, along with corrective exercises and stretches.
HawkGrips instruments are great tools to utilize in combination with chiropractic spinal adjustments because both treatments have a common goal: to increase range of motion. IASTM improves range of motion by producing micro-trauma in the soft tissue, which will stimulate and facilitate the healing process, causing the tissue to remodel and improving overall function.
A chiropractic spinal manipulation also increases mobility. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “the purpose of a spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile — restricted in their movement — as a result of tissue injury.” Since I began incorporating IASTM into my treatments, I’ve noticed faster and greater improvement in patient range of motion.
There are different factors that can cause tissue dysfunction leading to limited range of motion, such as overuse, injury or repetitive movement. When there is injury to the tissue, it forms adhesions, which can restrict mobility and lead to other musculoskeletal conditions. So it only makes sense to combine IASTM with spinal manipulation because together these treatments can reduce pain, as well as increase mobility, blood flow and circulation, which will enable a faster healing and recovery time.
Every practitioner wants to improve the overall health and function of their patients. As a chiropractor, I feel that IASTM alone, or better yet in conjunction with other therapies such as spinal adjustments, can help achieve that mission.
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