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What is SASTM?
It stands for Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and it was created by David Graston who also developed the Graston Technique. SASTM is a gentle method that detects and treats soft tissue restrictions, scar tissue and chronic inflammation. Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. It is most effectively used for the restoration of function and the reduction of pain. Treatment is combined with joint mobilization (chiropractic adjusting of the area) stretching and strengthening. This protocol is designed to provide patients with optimal results in a minimal number of treatments and to restore patients to their pre-injury level of activity. SASTM instruments and technique appear to be the next generation in soft-tissue rehabilitation.

How does it work?
The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the doctor with the ability to locate restrictions through sound waves like a stethoscope. The doctor can treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure due to the square surface design. This therapy causes a controlled microtrauma and the stimulation of a local mild inflammatory response. This form of treatment initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and causes a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of the affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, or repeated strain, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

What's wrong with having scar tissue?
Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning the same as they did before the injury or incident. Normal functioning tissue runs in the same direction, for instance, with tendons and ligaments. This allows for proper biomechanical movement. Scar tissue runs in multiple directions and restricts proper movement or very often causes pain. SASTM gently breaks up scar tissue which forces the body to re-heal with new tissue in an organized manner preventing knots and tender areas in the body.

Call for your FREE consultation today:
Dr. Julia Mason and Dr. Janet McCaffrey, utilize the SASTM technique and are certified providers in the SASTM network. For more information regarding this specific soft tissue therapy or for a free consultation to determine if it could be effective in the treatment of your condition, please call (650) 598-5414.

SASTM is effective in the treatment of:

  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain's Syndrome
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Achilles Tendinitis (Heel Pain)
  • Ankle Strains/Sprains (Medial/Lateral)
  • Groin Pulls
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hip Replacements
  • Knee Replacements
  • Knee Sprains
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Patellar Tendinitis (Anterior Knee Pain)
  • Quadricep Injuries (Thigh)
  • Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
  • Shin Splints
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
  • Turf Toe
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances
  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
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