At Restore Health and Wellbeing we always begin a session with an assessment to discuss and assess any areas of tension you may have, or any areas that may feel weaker. We then use a variety of techniques, that all work the soft tissue in the body in different ways.
Each area of your body will need a different approach and depending on where you may hold your tension. Some muscles may be too short so may need a stretching technique, some muscles may be too weak so may need some strengthening exercises.
When there is tissue that is sensitive or painful I will tend to use my Iam tools. The tool can help to decrease sensitivity and increase the healing process so can be great for muscles that are stiff and painful.
How a Iam Tool can help your muscles

Decrease Sensitivity

In simple terms the Iam Tool in all it shining glory, helps to distract the mind from the pain its experiencing allowing for movement to occur. By using the tool on area’s of pain there can be a neurological response in the nerves in the area, these tell the brain that something is happening. The brain then tells the nerves that what is happening is going to be good and will reduce pain so tells the nerve to relax, desensitising the area and enabling greater movement to occur.
This is great because if the pain ‘switches off’ you able to move the area more and therefore are able to get much more out of the treatment.

Maximises Healing

The Iam Tools helps to stimulate fibroblast activity which aids the repair process in the body.
Fibroblasts are small cells that are found in you connective tissue found all over the body. The fibroblasts cells produce collagen which is key to the repair process.
By stimulation the fibroblasts in your connective tissue, more collagen is released helping to speed up healing time.

Why do I use a tool?

Not only for all the reasons above, but another great thing about the Iam tool, is that it allows me to use it during movement. So for clients that have pain when performing a very specific movement, the tool can be used on the muscles that are activated during said movement, this can activate the neurological response and fibroblast activity with will help to decrease sensitivity and maximise healing in the area.
I saw a client who has difficulty getting into a specific pilates stretch that required the arm to be fully stretched behind her. I working specifically on the pectorals, chest muscles as these had presented as tight during her assessment. I then used the tool directly to the pecs while I asked her to repeatedly perform the movement. We quickly saw that she was able to go further with her movement because her sensitivity had decreased. She felt so relieved as she had been struggling in pilates class for months and was suddenly able to let go and allow her muscles take her to the end range. We were then able to continue treatment using different techniques to further stretch and open the chest, the tool just enabled us to see these results quicker, pin-pointing the specific issue for her.
Its always good to know your body and whats your strengths and weaknesses. Before your appointment take note of any movements you do that can stimulate pain, as this could be key to discovering which muscles are tight and need focus.