Stripping is a technique that uses a longer metal bar with particular shapes that assist in opening up the muscles and restricted fascia on a deeper level allowing for better mobility and blood flow to an area for healing. It can be used along any larger muscle groups.
Scraping is a technique that uses smaller instruments that will be used more shallow or on smaller groups of muscles and joints. Its goal is to free up restricted scar tissue and allow tissue mobility and healing.
This is a form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. It is one of a number of manual therapy approaches that uses instruments with a specialized form of massage/scraping the skin gently.
The therapy is designed to help the practitioner identify areas of restriction and attempt to break up scar tissue.
This technique is often practiced by Chiropractors, Osteopathic physicians, and Physical therapists.
The general goals of the therapy are to reduce the patient's pain and increase function through a combination of:
- Breaking down the scar tissue and fascia restrictions that are usually associated with some form of trauma to the soft tissue (e.g., a strained muscle or a pulled ligament, tendon, or fascia).
- Reducing restrictions by stretching connective tissue in an attempt to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated (e.g., muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments).
- Promoting a better healing environment for the injured soft tissue.
There also appears to be a neurologic benefit to treating patients with Instruments. This response is similar to that involved with other manual therapies. The literature suggests that when a patient is given manual or instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy, certain nerve fibers are activated. Additionally, the body's position sense organs, such as mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors, seem to respond to these forms of treatment.
Potential Benefits of Scraping/stripping
Most of the back is comprised of muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. Injuries to these soft tissues play a significant role in the pain and dysfunction associated with back problems. While it may not sound like a serious injury, a simple back muscle strain or torn ligament in the back can cause excruciating pain and difficulty with movement.
This offers several potential advantages to the patient with such an injury:
- Decreasing overall treatment time
- Fostering faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reducing the need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolving chronic conditions thought to be permanent
The treatment may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments.
This is good for anyone but especially those with chronic pain, athletes and weight lifters. Freeing up restricted muscles and fascia in combination with Chiropractic manipulations is the best overall way to free up range of motion and overall mobility.