Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)

active release techniques (art) manual therapy

S.A.S.T.M. is an effective technique that uses instruments to effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions through sound waves, like a stethoscope, and allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure, due to square surface concept.

What to expect from an S.A.S.T.M Treatment?

With the use of small instruments the doctor will introduce controlled microtrauma to the affected soft tissues. This will then stimulate a local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of natural healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur. These adhesions develop as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other similar mechanisms.

Who can benefit from SASTM?

Based on literature and years of clinical research, we have determined a list of disorders that instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization has most effectively been used for in the restoration of function and the reduction of pain. Clinicians throughout the country are still studying the benefits of the method and the following list will continue to grow.

Upper Extremity

  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain's Syndrome
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Joint Contractures
  • Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
  • Trigger Finger

Lower Extremity

  • Achilles Tendonitis (Heel Pain)
  • Ankle Strains/Sprains (Medial/Lateral)
  • Groin Pulls
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hip Replacements
  • Joint Contractures
  • Knee Replacements
  • Knee Sprains
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Patellar Tendonitis (Anterior Knee Pain)
  • Quadricep Injuries
  • Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
  • Shin Splints
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances

Neck and Spine

  • Cervical (Neck Pain)
  • Lumbar/Sacral (Low Back Pain)
  • SI Pain
  • Thoracic (Mid Back Pain)