SASTM / Active Release Therapy

Who Can Benefit From SASTM™?

Based on literature and years of clinical research, the instruments used with SASTM™ have been most effectively used with:

  • Tendinitis/tendonosis
  • Frozen shoulder/joint contractures
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Scars (surgical/traumatic)
  • Sprains/strains
  • Neck and Back pain




Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM™)


What Is SASTM™?

Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM™) is an instrument-aided approach to treatment. It identifies and breaks down scar tissue and restrictions that develop due to injuries, surgeries and everyday wear and tear on muscles, ligaments and tendons. By skillfully using the various curves and edges of the specially designed instruments, the therapist can feel and isolate these restrictions easier than through general palpation.

How Does SASTM™ Work?

SASTM™ is theorized to work by effectively breaking down facial restrictions and scar tissue. The equipment is designed to provide the physiotherapist with the ability to locate restrictions through sound waves like a stethoscope. This allows the physiotherapist to use the appropriate amount of pressure.

This technique introduces controlled micro trauma to the affected soft tissue structure and causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. This micro trauma initiates re-absorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures.

Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, repetitive strain or other mechanisms are broken down allowing for full function restoration to occur.

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Active Release Therapy


What Is Active Release Therapy?

Active Release Therapy is a soft tissue management technique that helps restore optimal motion and function to the musculoskeletal system. This is accomplished through the breakdown of adhesions via the action of manual deep tissue work. Active Release Therapy helps decrease the pain and dysfunction associated with the adhesions which occur as a result of an injury.