What is it?
Sound assisted soft tissue mobilization (SASTM) is a form of soft tissue mobilization that enables us to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. In Dakota Dunes, we use this manual technique to promote healing and management of your musculoskeletal disorders. SASTM works to continue to improve the soft tissue healing enabling you to expedite your return to full functional life.
Where did SASTM come from?
David Graston, a pioneer in the Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) industry, has created a method and instruments for treating soft tissue injuries. He developed tools and a technique to assist in his own recovery from carpal tunnel and skiing injury to his right knee. After years of research, development and feedback on the technique and tools, David developed the SASTM method and instruments. David continues to work with medical doctors, chiropractors, therapists, professional athletes and trainers from around the world who have experienced significant improvements in range of motion, flexibility, recovery time and performance that result from the use of the SASTM method and instruments.
How does SASTM work?
SASTM are the only instruments on the market that allow you to feel every little adhesion through the instrument.
Our Dakota Dunes physical therapists are able to effectively locate, treat, and break up adhesions while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. SASTM can detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourages rapid localization, and effectively treats areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration. SASTM will help to drastically decrease your amount of visits, improve your outcome of recovery from a sports injury or recent surgery, and get you back to enjoying life pain-free.
How does it work?
Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. (Fascia is a fancy word for connective tissue that goes all over the body). The design of these instruments provides the physical therapist with the ability to find damaged areas and allows the physical therapist to treat the area with the appropriate amount of pressure.
The introduction of controlled small tissue damage to the affected muscles, tendons and/or ligaments causes a mild inflammatory response. This starts the natural process of healing. Adhesions (scars) within the tissues which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.
What are the benefits of SASTM?
- Decrease pain
- Increase range of motion
- Fast results
- Reduce the need for medication
- Prevent unnecessary surgery
- Get back to enjoying your life and everyday activities once again
Are you wondering if SASTM is right for you? Contact our Dakota Dunes physical therapy office today at Dakota Dunes, SD, Des Moines & Clive, IA. Our friendly staff is happy to answer your questions, help you schedule an appointment, and educate you about our wide range of physical therapy services we offer. Drug-free relief from your musculoskeletal disorders is possible, so make a request to get your healing journey started today.