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What is the deal with IASTM?

What is the deal with IASTM?

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What is all the fuss about instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) technique. Just recently I signed up for Smart Tools plus seminar in Portland, Oregon. I purchased a set of smart tools as well as enrolling in a two-day seminar. Before the re emergence of IASTM, techniques such as active release technique were dominating the chiropractic, registered massage therapists and physical therapist seminar circuit. Active release technique, which I have attended for their upper extremity seminar is an advanced scar tissue release technique that is designed to deal with nerve impingement, repetitive trauma injuries, pain syndromes and old injuries. There are many other techniques that address muscle injury and nerve impingement syndromes.

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As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, I have had excellent results using active release technique on shoulders, the upper thoracic spine and the cervical spine. The most common disorder I have addressed is rotator cuff tendonitis. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor I always muscle test each specific muscle and look for pain and weakness. Once the isolated muscle is identified I would perform active release technique. The only draw back with using my hands as a muscle reparative system is that the stress on the thumbs and hands can cause arthritis in the long term.

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Ready to get back into your favorite sport or back into your daily activities. Dr. Reza Khamneipur is here to educate you on your pain syndromes.

SMART TOOLS PLUS

Smart Tools Plus is different than other instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, as it is not modeled solely on the Chinese practice of Gua Sha. Other IASTM tools promote bruising of the skin. In order to understand why bruising is wanted we must go back to Gua Sha. The name Gua Sha translates into scraping in order to lightly bruise the skin in Chinese. Scraping is said to promote healing by causing an inflammatory response to remove scar tissue. Smart Tools Plus does not promote bruising even though it may occur. Instead we are taught to focus working on the tissue affected with the specific tool and also using active range of motion with the tool to remove adhesions and also lengthen fascia.

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Call Vancity Pro Chiropractic for more information on how IASTM can help improve your sports performance!

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Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization or IASTM is affective for many conditions. IASTM is beneficial for Patients suffering from repetitive cumulative trauma, sports injuries, automobile accidents, lifting injuries, muscles spasms from emotional stress, and other traumas.

As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, using ergonomic surgical stainless steel tools will allow me to prevent having stress on my hands from treatment. There is more leverage or pressure per square inch with Smart Tools in the low back muscles such as multifidi and quadratus lumborum than using your hands or thumbs. From my experience I would recommend starting off with 3-4 treatments for most scar tissue adhesion syndromes where pain and limited range of motion are present. Treatments should continue as long as range of motion is increasing and pain is decreasing with each proceeding treatment. After the first treatment pain and bruising are likely to occur. As with working out for the first time in a long while the bodies tissues will become sore due to load and stretch. Thereafter, the body should have tolerance to the treatment. Therefore, soreness should subside after the second treatment. It is also very likely that that no soreness occurs after a treatment. Every body and every person’s pain tolerance will vary so it is not a one size fits all theory.

I hope this blog gave you some insight on the benefits of IASTM treatments. At Vancity Pro Chiropractic, our main goal is always to provide you with the best care. Feel free to contact us for more information.

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North Vancouver Chiropractor Treats Whiplash Car Accident Patients

Honey, I got into a car accident in Vancouver! What should I do now?

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Car accidents are not an easy experience to go through as it may take a toll on your bank account and cause bodily injury. Even more, there is always a chance for serious injury, death or paralysis. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, I have a lot of experience treating car accident patients. The diagnosis for a patient who would have had an accident is whiplash. Whiplash refers to a quick back and forth snapping motion of the cervical spine associated with trauma to the soft tissues caused by a motor vehicle colliding with another vehicle. In this blog post we will discuss the injuries caused and the outcome years later from an automobile accident.

According to the Medscape Journal online article, Biomechanics of Minor Automobile Accidents, research shows that motor vehicle collisions that have close to no physical damage are statistically rare to produce symptoms for the occupants involved. Even more interesting is that in countries that do not have settlements for bodily injury, pain outcomes and injury are close to zero. This shows the relationship between financial compensation and pain levels. Moreover, an explanation for pain when there is no damage would be psychosomatic in nature. Furthermore, car accidents add up to twenty-nine billion dollars a year in litigation cost in the United States.

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North Vancouver Chiropractor Treats Whiplash Patients – Back and Forth Motion From Whiplash

There is however a direct correlation between substantial accidents with large damage and chronic pain. Therefore, car accidents cause functional disability long term and should not be taken lightly.

Whiplash as stated above is the result of a rear end collision that causes cervical spine injury. Reasoning being a whiplash is that the neck is pushed into extension immediately and headrest becomes your saving grace. If the head rest is not present or for any reason the neck does not get stopped by the head rest, then the rear joints known as the facet joints and ligaments will become the only thing to stop from further extension. The neck will go through shearing, tension, rotation, backwards motion and finally a thrust forward.

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Car accidents can hurt and may cause long term injury. The great news is that Dr. Reza Khamneipur, D.C. has your back and is ready to get you back to our optimal health.

The Wiki never lies! – About Whiplash

According to Wikipedia.org’s page on whiplash, during acceleration deceleration accident the thoracic spine is put under tremendous pressure and is subjected to axial load. This in turn transfers massive load to the lumbar and cervical spine. However, the thoracic and lumbar spine due there position is protected from large movements. The cervical spine does however undergo major trauma. The cervical spine reverses its normal curvature and creates a military curve or reversed curve. As the front of the cervical spine is pushed back and forth masterfully fast the anterior longitudinal ligament becomes traumatized. The micro trauma causes adhesions to build up and the ligament tightens to cause change in the curvature to the cervical spine. A normal spine should have a lordosis throughout the cervical spine. This in conjunction with the rest of the spine balances the stress on the spine and allows the nervous system to function properly. As the cervical spine reverses its course a person will start to experience pain in the back of the neck, shoulders, numbness tingling in the hands, and headaches to name a few. In terms of physical changes the person will develop spondylosis to the cervical spine, degenerative disc disease and nerve compression. The changes generally occur at C5, which is the apex of the cervical curve.

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Do not wait to get help for your car accident. The longer you wait the higher the chances of long term pain and disability.

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What is the prognosis of a whiplash patient? The prognosis is moderate to poor, and long-term dependence on medications, neurological deficits, and surgery are highly common. Expected residual symptoms consist of moderate to severe neck pain, right shoulder pain, right arm numbness/tingling, thoracic pain and low back pain are expected.

As a rule, soft tissue injuries, specifically sprain/strain injuries readily heal. However, they heal with scar tissue. Current literature notes that this alteration in normal tissue subsequent to healing of sprain/strain injuries is the fibrosis of repair”. This fibrotic repair tissue will exhibit three things:

  1. It is weaker tissue
  2. It is less elastic
  3. There is an increase in the anatomical number of nerves fibers into this healing tissue, which makes them more sensitive to future stresses and strains.

Therefore, people so affected by the healing residual of soft tissue injuries will frequently experience symptomatic exacerbations secondary to the use of the once injured parts. It should be noted that it is likely that any activity that causes increased stresses on the once injured ligaments and muscles of the cervical spine will create a symptomatic exacerbation of the patient’s condition.

North Vancouver Chiropractor for Car Accidents

Chiropractic care is an excellent choice to help alleviate pain and suffering after a car accident. Furthermore, Chiropractic care can help reduce long-term disability caused by trauma. By means of scar tissue release, realigning the cervical spine and restoring motion back in the spine, Chiropractic is your number one choice for injury caused by auto accidents.