What is instrument assisted manual therapy?

During instrument assisted manual therapy, physical therapists use an ergonomically designed tool (made of stainless steel, plastic, buffalo horn or jade) to initiate controlled microtrauma in the affected soft tissue, stimulating a local inflammatory response. This encourages tissue healing, remodeling and restoration—particularly at the cellular level—that otherwise may not occur.

What are the benefits?

In addition to encouraging tissue healing, instrument assisted manual therapy tools allow physical therapists to feel tissue tension more easily. By identifying and treating the root cause of tissue tension, your physical therapist will tailor your treatment plan to help you move better with less pain.

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