Muscle Scraping & IASTM
Muscle scraping, also known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM), is a manual therapy technique used to address soft tissue restrictions and promote healing. It involves the use of specialized tools, such as handheld metal or plastic instruments, to scrape or glide over the skin and underlying tissues.
The purpose of muscle scraping is to break down scar tissue, adhesions, or
fascial restrictions in the muscles and connective tissues. By applying controlled
pressure and friction with the instrument, the therapist aims to stimulate blood
flow, improve tissue mobility, and promote the remodelling of damaged tissues.
During a muscle scraping session, the therapist typically applies a lubricant, such
as massage oil or lotion, to the skin to reduce friction. They then use the
instrument to systematically scrape or glide along the affected area, targeting
specific muscles or areas of tension. The scraping motion may result in mild
discomfort or a sensation similar to deep tissue massage. Some potential
benefits of muscle scraping include improved tissue mobility, increased blood
flow and pain relief.
Muscle scraping should be performed by trained healthcare professionals who are familiar with the technique and proper application of the instruments. It is essential to communicate any discomfort or concerns during the treatment to ensure that the therapist can adjust their approach accordingly.
It is worth noting that muscle scraping may cause temporary bruising or redness in the treated area, similar to the marks that can result from other manual therapy techniques like deep tissue massage or cupping. These marks are typically harmless and tend to fade within a few days.