Soft Tissue Mobilization - Freeport Family Chiropractic

Soft Tissue Mobilization

What Are RockBlades?

RockBlades are a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). The is a technique that has been around for thousands of years tools were used to scrape the body’s soft tissue. RockBlades were developed by the RockTape. RockBlades are used as part of a treatment plan, alongside chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises. The tools used comprise a variety of different edges and shapes, which can be used to scan soft tissues for any areas of alteration in the soft tissue. The tools offer a very different form of tissue mobilization compared to using the hands and can be extremely light and gentle in painful areas, or areas requiring injury rehabilitation.

The application of these tools can:

• Help eliminate pain
• Help improve muscle function
• Help improve performance

What is RockTape?

RockTape is a kind of kinesiology taping that has become an adjunct to other forms of treatment. It can be used to support chiropractic adjustments, rehab exercises and soft tissue mobilization long after the in-office treatment. But how does this tape work? And why is it any different from other forms of taping?

How Does RockTape Work?

The purpose of using RockTape is to mitigate pain, mechanically decompress the skin and lastly provide a neurosensory input to the brain. The tape was designed to “move with the body” and NOT limit your motion. Due to the design and the stretching nature of the tape, it mechanically decompresses the skin to cause a measurable increase in spaces between the fascial layers. This relieves pressure from free nerve endings in the tissues responsible for pain while allowing better circulation to help with recovery and performance.

The skin and connective tissue beneath it is filled with sensory receptors responsible for light touch, pain, pressure and temperature. As RockTape lifts the skin it creates an alteration of signals going from the taped area to the brain. As a result, this changes the brains response to incoming information and alters the signals that return to the taped area.

What is Cupping and How Does it Work?

Cupping is a traditional, time-honored treatment favored by millions of people worldwide because it’s safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for many health disorders. It’s the use of suction (negative pressure) rather than a compression force.  While being applied to the body, its use can range from myofascial release to lymphatic drainage – and everything in between!  Cupping rapidly facilitates rigid soft tissue release, loosens and lifts connective tissues, breaks up and drains stagnation while increasing blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible using compression.

When the cups move, Negative Pressure Massage (a Decompressive force) really feels great! The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body.  Cupping Therapy causes tissues to release toxins, stimulate the lymphatics, skin and circulatory system.  It is not unusual to feel a sense of calm/relaxation and even fall asleep while receiving treatment.

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