The Most Painful Recovery Therapy I’ve Ever Tried! (IASTM) – No Sweat: EP14

The Most Painful Recovery Therapy I’ve Ever Tried! (IASTM) – No Sweat: EP14

Ouch! That is brutal. Really brutal. So we all know that working out and eating
well is so important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but something that is commonly
neglected is your recovery because when you’re working out
you’re putting a lot of stress on the body, so your muscles get super tense and you actually experience a lot of pains
and aches after you exercise. And if you don’t let your body rest and recover,
it can lead to serious injuries and even if you’re not an athlete, you know, if you’re someone who doesn’t really work out very often but you’re sitting at a desk all day, that causes a lot of tensions and stresses in your body as well because if you don’t address those stresses
in your body, it’s gonna cause a lot of chronic pains, a lot of back aches. So I’ve tried a variety of recovery therapies
and something that I always go back to is this thing called IASTM. Which stands for instrument-assisted soft
tissue mobilization. So it kind of looks similar to that of Gua
Sha and for those of you who don’t know what Gua Sha is, it’s a traditional Chinese medicine
treatment where they use a sharp object and they scrapes the body and what is supposedly
does is improve blood circulation and release toxins in the body. So this is Rella, she’s a rehab trainer and
she been doing IASTM on me for the past two years now. Can you tell us all about what IASTM is? Rella: Okay so basically we have your skin,
and then underneath your skin, there is this layer called the fascia. What happens is as you move around as you
work out your fascia can get stuck on your muscle fibres. What we’re trying to do with the ASTM method
is as we glide this onto your skin, we separate the fascia from your muscle fibres so that
your muscles can actually work at its optimum conditions. Tyen: So you know when you feel all these
knots in your back, little lumps in your back. That’s actually your fascia kind of tensing
up over your muscles. And when the fascia kind of builds up over
the muscles, that’s when you get those small little lumps that we call knots. Rella: So there are actually many different
tools for IASTM. With the different edges, we can work different
parts of the body. Tyen: It kind of looks like a like a torture device. Rella: So now I’m just going through Tyen’s
posture to see where the tightness tends to be at. Rella: let’s get started. So… Tyen: Okay…
Rella: Is it tight or ticklish? Tyen: It was like…a combination of like
ticklish and also like pain. Rella: The blade actually gives a very strong
response if there are any knots. So it goes…you know it’s like going through
a bum. Rella: I’m not using a lot of force it’s just
enough to get into your fascia, releasing all that tension. Rella: Okay I’ll just move straight up towards
the knee. Tyen: It feels very sore because I probably
put a lot of tension on my knees. I think as you work like closer to the joint
area, it gets freaking painful. Rella: It gets more intense. Rella: Now, we’re gonna work inside. Even though this seems like a very small area,
it can cause back issues. Tyen: So when she scapes me here, you will
think that you would feel a lot of sensations in your hip area, but I actually feel it in
my neck and my upper back. And only on the right side of my back and
my neck. There’s a kind like a tingling sensation,
it’s very very strange. Rella: Actually the body works this way. The fascia runs across the body. Tyen: Right
Rella: So as I’m working on your left lower body, Rella: it’s connected, it’s that same line through your… Tyen: Oh no way
Rella: to your right. Tyen: Oh that is so interesting. Tyen: No wonder I feel a sensation in my right but
not my left. Rella: the next one I need to work you on
was your left shoulder. Tyen: As she’s working here I feel it in my
right knee Rella: We try to avoid the kind of bruising
that Gua Sha does, so once we see like redness forming, we move on to other points. Tyen: I think if you’ve not done this before
and you’re doing it for the very first time, it’s very uncomfortable because you actually
feel these small knots and tight muscles that you didn’t even know you had in your body. Rella: Now I need to work on your right side
towards your rib. Tyen: Oh my gosh, I think this is the most
painful because it’s near your ribs, it’s near your bones. Rella: Right here we’re working on the intercostal
muscles, just underneath the ribs, and if you don’t get this solve, it can lead to back
issue to your hip issue. Tyen: It just sounds really morbid like dragging
a blade between the ribs. Rella: Now I’m gonna go through not on the
spine but just around it. Rella: All these knots can cause a restriction
in your blood circulation. Rella: So now we’re gonna move on to your
legs, I’m gonna work through your calf here, a little bit on your hamstring and we’re gonna
get into your Achilles. Rella: And It holds a lot of tension because
you wear heels right Tyen: Yeah
Rella: Shoes are so important, most heels they don’t provide you with very good support
for the arch. Tyen: Something I’m still guilty of, I love
wearing high heels. It’s a silent killer actually. Rella: It’s okay to wear heels if you know
how to release and maintain this yourself. One very simple tip for releasing your foot
or your calf after a long day is to get a golf ball, roll it under your foot. It doesn’t get to the root cause but at least
it helps to elevate that tension. Tyen: She’s now scraping in a very very sore
point and that’s like in my inner thigh, like near the knee. Rella: So what you’re feeling is actually
the fascia tearing away from your muscle fibres. Tyen: Yes! Tyen: That is brutal. Rella: Alright we are done. Tyen: Oh… hallelujah. During the session, it can get a bit uncomfortable
but you know as it goes you kind of get used to the pain and right after that you’ll feel
this erm…this release. So that’s it for this episode, if there are
any other recovery methods that you want to see on the show, do leave it in the comment
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  1. Never heard of IASTM, so very interesting to learn about it. I LOVE gua sha, despite the pain, because it makes me feel so good after a session!

  2. dang I thought chiro would help ease tension best, if massaging the body is not enough. but this IASTM, seems to be more effective than massage. then coupled with chiro, fuii, body wellbeing confirm tip top

  3. Looks scaryyyy hahaha I even have problems with full body massage cuz those are already super painful for me despite the health benefits

  4. I’ve been in physical therapy for a while because of a hip injury and I confirm this is so painful! Cupping hurts a lot, but this is definitely worse. It does work though! They know I’m in pain a lot that day if I agree to being scraped.

  5. This is like the Graston technique where you use special made blunt metal things to give friction to the skin, like gua sha

  6. Hi, I'm an orthopaedic doctor and I DO NOT recommend IASTM.

    IASTM is not evidence-based or worth your money. In fact, the current evidence shows that IASTM does not improve pain, function or range of motion in both healthy and diseased people. These rehab therapists are not board-certified healthcare practitioners in Singapore and do not have an advanced understanding of anatomy and kinesiopathology.

    PLEASE consult a clinical physiotherapist instead for effective and evidence-based treatments.

  7. in indonesia this kind of therapy is called kerokan… many people have doing it since hundred years ago

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