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What is IASTM?
How will IASTM help?
IASTM will help you by reducing pain, improving function and increasing range of motion through a deeper approach by precisely locating regions of pathology. It does this by:
What to expect from an IASTM session?
During an IASTM session you will experience up to eight techniques to achieve the treatment goal, whether that would be to improve fluid circulation or aid remodelling of tissue. At the beginning of an IASTM session the therapist will use the tool to scan the region, for example the hamstrings, to identify any specific areas of tightness or stiffness. The area will then be warmed up and once warm the other techniques will be applied to the areas identified during scanning. The techniques are applied for up to 90 seconds per region and then for approximately 10 minutes per site. Localised inflammation will be present after an IASTM session due to the pressure applied during the session, this encourages the healing process.
What conditions can IASTM help?
Why have IASTM vs normal soft tissue massage?
IASTM can be performed as a sole treatment or within a normal soft tissue massage treatment session. It is a more targeted treatment to specifically focus on the injured tissue with the use of a tool.
If you would like to learn more about IASTM or more about what we do in general, please get in touch. Equally, if you would like to book an IASTM session then click here and we would be more than happy to help.
What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is an invasive technique, using a very fine needle inserted into the skin to release myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are a hypersensitive region within a muscle that can cause pain and can present as a tight band within the muscle or a nodule, commonly referred to as ‘knots’. These trigger points can cause pain at the area and often refer pain around the region of the trigger point too. Dry needling helps in the release of the trigger point and the pain or discomfort that can be felt because of it.
What to expect from a Dry Needling treatment
What conditions can Dry Needling help?
By using dry needling in conjunction with other treatments, it can help with different conditions in which myofascial tension occurs, such as:
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Fusco P, Di Carlo S, Scimia P, Degan G, Petrucci E, Marinangeli F. Ultrasound-guided Dry Needling Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points for Piriformis Syndrome Management: A Case Series. J Chiropr Med. 2018;17(3):198–200. doi:10.1016/j.jcm.2018.04.002
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Kietrys, D., Palombaro, K.M., Azzaretto, E., Hubler, R., Schaller, B., Schlussel, J.M., Tucker, M. (2013) 'Effectiveness of Dry Needling for Upper-Quarter Myofascial Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis ',Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 43(9), pp. 620-634.
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Morihisa R, Eskew J, McNamara A, Young J. DRY NEEDLING IN SUBJECTS WITH MUSCULAR TRIGGER POINTS IN THE LOWER QUARTER: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2016;11(1):1–14.
Shariat, A., Noormohammadpour, P., Hossein Memari, A., Ansari, N., Cleland, J and Kordi, R. Acute effects of one session dry needling on a chronic golfer’s elbow disability. J Exerc Rehab, 2018, 14, 138-142
Lower back pain
One of the most common injuries golfers experience is lower back pain (Robinson et al., 2018). With the repetitive rotation of a golf swing and bent over stance players perform, the stress through the back is high. Torque (rotational force) created through the pelvis and lumbar spine can overload and strain muscles, ligaments and tendons of lower back. Although muscle and ligament injuries are most common, other injuries to the lower back include disc, degenerative arthritis and bone stress fractures. Back injuries are more common in amateur players then professionals and slightly more common in men than women (Batt,1992).
Golfers and Tennis Elbow
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A McHardy, H Pollard (2005) 'Muscle activity during the golf swing', Br J Sports Med, 2005;39:799–804.(doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2005.020271).
M. E. Batt (1992) 'A survey of golf injuries in amateur golfers',BrJ Sp Med, 26(1)(63)
P Robinson, I Murray, A Duckworth, R Hawkes, D Glover, N Tilley, R Hillman, C Oliver, A Murray (2018) 'Systematic review of musculoskeletal injuries in professional golfers',Br J Sports Med,10.1136(099572 ).