Muscle Tissue Adhesion Release: Meet Scrapey an LMT’s Best Friend

Let your muscles be as relaxed as this kitten's with "Scrapey"

We have accumulated many modalities and tools over our 45 years (combined) bodywork practice. All of these modalities work for us to serve a specific purpose and we often blend many modalities together in one session, depending on our clients needs — this is what Bodyquirks’ philosophy is all about (see sidebar.)

As always, we are striving constantly for improvement and are thrilled whenever we come across a new tool or modality previously unknown to us — especially if adding it to our repertoire means being more effective for our clients. That’s why we were so happy to announce the addition of Hot Stone Massage to the practice recently.

And now, we’d like to introduce you to our newest and most favorite tool, the STARR tool, or as we affectionately nicknamed it, “Scrapey.”

Meet “Scrapey”: The STARR of the Show

The "Scrapey," or STARR tool

This Starr tool, is specially designed to locate soft tissue adhesions and other restrictions (like scar tissue and fascial restrictions) helping to break them up, restoring the body’s normal function. Since scar tissue and adhesions have a tendency to contract and restrict normal range of motion (and normal soft tissue and joint function) this restriction is usually accompanied by pain. Releasing these restrictions means not only greater range of motion but relief from old, nagging pains.

Similar Techniques — Different Tools

Though there are similar techniques to those that we use with our pal “Scrapey,” some of which (like Advanced Medical Massage and Gua Sha) we’ve studied and currently use in our practice, the most well known of them is the Graston technique. The Graston technique, which is based upon the work of Dr. James Cyriax regarding cross-fiber massage and ligament repair work, we learned long ago in Advanced Medical Massage training. The purpose of these techniques is to break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue.

Whether it’s Graston, ASTYM or SASTM, all of these techniques are called Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and all employ tools (as the modality suggests) to achieve results. Of the options currently available, we prefer the ease of use and all-in-one, multi-functionality of our little “Scrapey.”

Put “Scrapey” to work for You

Clients with soft tissue disorders, especially fascial adhesions and restrictions would benefit most from these techniques and the use of “Scrapey.”

Conditions especially in need of “Scrapey,” include:

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
  • Knee disorders (knee pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scar tissue
  • Trigger Finger
  • Shin Splints
  • Surgical scars

If you haven’t had the honor of meeting”Scrapey” yet come on in, we’ll introduce you.

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About Bodyquirks Massage Therapy Studio- Portland

Licensed Massage Therapists located in the heart of Portland. Offering a wide range of modalities and 45 years combined experience in bodywo
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