Muscle scraping or instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a technique that uses tools to efficiently locate and treat soft tissue tightness and injury.
On an as-needed basis, Dr. Niccie may incorporate muscle scraping into her treatment to aid in releasing tightened muscles that are restricting proper movement in your back or extremities.
Benefits of muscle scraping include better blood flow and nutrient uptake, which may support faster healing, aids in removing painful muscle adhesions, and it has been shown to help improve range of motion (ROM).
What does muscle scraping do?
During scraping, Dr. Niccie will use a tool to gently “scrape” back and forth over any muscle tissue where you may be experiencing issues. This serves to reduce soft tissue muscle restrictions. Scraping can be beneficial to patients with scar tissue, fascia restrictions, strained muscles and more.
Does scraping muscles hurt?
With the proper care it is normally less painful than a deep tissue massage. And the benefits are more profound, and last longer. The person who is doing the scraping needs to take care over parts of the body where the skin is very close to the bone.