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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage

We are thrilled to offer Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage at our Midtown East and Rockefeller Center offices.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage is a manual therapy technique that directly effects irregular muscle and connective tissue that limits a person’s motion and strength as they move through their daily lives. With the instruments the therapist can use different grades of pressure and angles to promote a different outcome in the body. The tools can help control pain, decrease tightness, increase muscle activation, break up scar tissue, and increase neuromuscular coordination. Any patient could benefit from this treatment. The physical therapist will evaluate the patient for any restrictions or deficits, and they can target their treatments to help make improvements. Using the tools helps the physical therapist provide the body with the sensory information to allow the brain to make better connections with the muscles to work more efficiently.
For more information, please email Dr. Kim Meyers PT, DPT, or Dr.Nicole Listas, PT, DPT, OCS –

Manual Physical Therapy Effective for Ankle Fractures

A research study published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy reviewed the use of manual physical therapy for ankle fractures following immobilization.  Ankle fractures typically result in decreased range of motion, pain, and stiffness, yet there is little evidence to support any particular rehabilitation approach.

Researchers worked with 11 male patients between the ages of 18-64 years old.  The patients with ankle fractures post-immobilizations were treated with manual physical therapy for an average of 6.6 sessions over a 46 day period.  Baseline measures were taken using the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS) and secondary outcome measures used the Ankle Lunge Test (ALT) and the Numeric Pain Rating Scale.  Measures were collected at baseline, 4 weeks and 12 weeks post-baseline.

Significant increases were measured at weeks 4 and weeks 12, leading researches to surmise that manual physical therapy is effective post immobilization for ankle fractures for this population group.  Other population groups should be studied.