The principles behind FMT are that restrictions (which may present as stiffness) in our feet can lead to our joints and foot structures moving out of place. This alignment shift results in changes to the way we use our feet, leading to increased pressure, pain, and problems. As we change the way we walk to compensate for this foot pain, the way we use our ankles, legs, knees and hips can change too, resulting in further problems. By addressing the original restrictions with our feet and restoring their function and mobility, we can help alleviate associated pain throughout the body.
Foot mobilisation therapy can help with:
- Foot and arch pain (including plantar fasciitis)
- Ankle sprains and stability
- Achilles and calf pain
- Shin splints
- Toe deformities (claw toes, hammertoes)
- Knee pain and problems
- Forefoot pain (including Morton’s Neuroma)
- Foot cramps and stiffness
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) is a clinically-proven technique used to help improve movement and reduce pain in your feet and legs. It works by helping to release restrictions in your muscles, ligaments, tendons and soft tissues using hand-held instruments. This means it can help with:
- Breaking down scar tissue, knots and tightness
- Improving your flexibility, the mobility of your tissues + the movement range available in your joints
- Decreasing pain and muscle spasms
- Improving circulation and blood flow to the area, accelerating healing and repair
The instruments used in IASTM have a combination of dull, targeted, convex and concave edges to complete various mobilising functions. This stimulates your body’s natural inflammatory response to help alleviate the restrictions and restore your mobility.
It is used to help with conditions including plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, surgical scars, ligament sprains, muscle strains, bursitis, iliotibial band syndrome and shin splints.