Rehab Technique Helps Patient Get Back on Her Feet
In April 2017, Joanne Mosel started noticing pain in her heel. After days of discomfort, she decided to visit her family doctor.
“My foot was so sore that I couldn’t walk without holding onto something. I would reach for furniture or the wall to get support from whatever was nearby,” Mosel said.
Her doctor referred her to Rehabilitative Services in the Columbus Wellness Center for physical therapy.
She worked regularly with Hailee Luckey, a physical therapist at Rehabilitative Services.
As part of her therapy, Luckey used a technique called IASTM to help provide Mosel with relief. IASTM stands for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.
The technique is performed using hand-held instruments to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions in soft tissues. Soft tissue includes muscles, ligaments and tendons.
After that tissue is broken down, the tools help promote blood flow to the impacted areas.
“Two forms of IASTM used at the Columbus Wellness Center are the Hawkgrips and Graston Technique,” Luckey said. “The instruments allow us as clinicians to detect restrictions and adhesions that the unaided hand is less accurate in detecting.”
It’s a process that helps provide proper tissue repair and leads to healthy healing. The non-invasive procedure is growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency.
“Generally, IASTM takes about 10 minutes or less depending on the areas being treated,” Luckey said. “This is combined with rehabilitative exercises to improve flexibility, strength and functional mobility.”
Mosel says the technique, along with the rest of her physical therapy, helped get her back on her feet.
“I was surprised at how much it helped,” Mosel said. “Since using IASTM, the swelling has gone down, I can feel my tendon and I am able to walk without too much pain. I would recommend it to any other patient who might be having trouble.”
This technique can also be used to help treat neck pain, back pain, muscle strains, shin splints and plantar fasciitis, among other conditions.
For more information on IASTM or to learn more about the therapy offered at Rehabilitative Services, please visit columbushosp.org or call 402-562-3333.