SASTM – Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Who can benefit from SASTM?
If you have the following issues, SASTM may bring pain relief:
- Carpal tunnel
- Knee pain
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Back pain
- Golfer’s elbow
- SI pain
- Trigger finger
- Ankle sprains
- Neck pain
- Turf toe
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Hamstring injury
- IT band
- Scars from surgery/trauma
- Musculoskeletal imbalances
What can SASTM do for me?
- Restores function and reduces pain
- Reduces the need for surgical intervention
- Contributes to the overall reduction of health-related costs
- Allows individuals to stay on the job and keeps athletes active
How does SASTM work?
The SASTM method enables clinicians to effectively locate and treat areas of soft tissue dysfunction through the use of instruments which effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions through sound waves. The clinician can then treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.
The introduction of controlled micro-trauma to affected soft tissue structure via SASTM causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. This micro-trauma initiates the reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of natural healing activities. The result is a remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue, which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down which allows full functional restoration to occur.
The SASTM instruments are designed to detect and treat scar tissue.
Our office uses SASTM, along with biomechanics testing, flexibility/strength training, and education, to enhance and improve biomechanics in order to sustain life-long fitness and reduction in pain.
How does tissue dysfunction begin?
Repetitive motion produces an inflammation response which over time can result in chronic pain. This inflammation process can also produce scar tissue which creates muscular imbalances resulting in decreased performance.
Does insurance cover SASTM?
We are in network for most major insurances. Coverage varies by individual plans.
How many treatments are needed?
The typical course of treatment is one or twice a week for two to four weeks. This will vary depending on the needs of the patient.
How do I get started?
Call to set up an appointment with either Dr. Christine Ingbretson, Dr. Rebecca Bracht or Dr. Dale Wohlrabe.
If you are new to our office, at the first visit the doctor will take your medical history and do an examination. The doctor will then determine what area(s) of your body would benefit from SASTM and how many visits will be recommended.
If you are a current patient, the appointment will be to determine where SASTM would benefit you most and let you know the number of visits recommended.