Myofascial release therapy –ERGON ® Instrument-Assisted Soft-TissueMobilization (ERGON ® IASTM)Technique.
ΕRGON ® Τechnique is an innovative therapeutic approach combining static and dynamic manipulations of the body’s soft tissue with special clinical equipment for the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal pathologies. The technique derives its name from the ancient Greek word ‘ergon’, which means ‘the product of a man’s work, be it manual or mental, scientific or artistic’.
ΕRGON ® Τechnique is an innovative development of older approaches (IASTM technique, GRASTON technique, SMART TOOLS technique, Tools assisted massage technique etc.) and is based on the myofascial meridians theory as first described by Thomas Myers and Ida Rolf. The ΕRGON® Soft Tissue Τechniques are applied on specific points of tissue restrictions and fascial adhesions along the fascial meridians; when these are released, functionality improves within a few treatment sessions.
Ergon Tools applied with special Ergon Techniques can: a) detect and release – loosen scar tissues, adhesions and fascial stiffness, b) increase localized perfusion, and c) decrease muscle tone and muscular pain.
When it comes to the assessment of afflicted tissue, there have been reports of significant advantages gained from using these instruments, in comparison to using just hands, despite the fact that a stainless steel instrument cannot be really compared with the human hand in key assessment issues, such as palpation of tissues, assessment of temperature, humidity, and accretion of swellings and muscle spasms on the superficial tissues of the body.
Palpation of tissues applied with Ergon Tools magnifies both the sensation and the information received by the therapist as regards the condition of tissue, given that the fat pads of the therapist’s fingers are coming into contact with the body compress tissue, while instruments, with their narrower edge, are capable of distinguishing tissues.
In fact, according to manufactures, the function of these instruments is similar to that of a tuning fork; when they come into contact with hard, fibrous tissue, they transmit a resonance (a vibrating sensation) in the therapist’s hand, thus improving the therapist’s ability to distinguish and evaluate adhesions and fibrous accumulations. Moreover, the use of such instruments allows deep and hard tissue mobilization, without exerting the therapist’s fingers due to exhaustion.
Ergon IASTM technique is mostly based on the theoretical background of
a) transverse friction massage, as described by Cyriax. b) fascial treatment theory of Ida Rolph and like other tissue mobilization techniques, its primary goal is to dissolve adhesions and loosen trauma-induced scar tissue, as well as recover the elasticity of connective tissue through its re-injury and reconstruction.
More specifically, Ergon IASTM techniques can
a) reduce accumulation of scar tissue after an injury, b) reduce the stiffness of already formed accumulations of connective tissue, and c) facilitate the healing of chronic overuse injuries, by causing controlled micro injuries and linear tissue reattachment.
IASTM treatment also leads to a change in the microvascular morphology and hyperemia, as well as increased fibroblast recruitment and activation, an adjustment that leads to the regeneration and restoration of the injured collagen.
ERGON® TECHNIQUE is an innovative treatment approach combining static and dynamic soft tissue manipulation with specialized clinical equipment, aiming to treat soft tissue restrictions.
These techniques are applied in specific points of soft tissue adhesions which, upon release, improve the functionality of the area of the body, in the space of merely a few session
The therapeutic effect of ERGON® TECHNIQUE is sustained for many days afterwards, and when combined with other treatment techniques (stretching and functional stabilization techniques) can even become permanent.
This particular technique allows ERGON®-certified therapists to a) assess with precision myofascial areas of high sensitivity, and b) restore biomechanical function of joints by dissolving adhesions, regaining normal myofascial rolling and reducing muscle spasm and pain.
This is a technique based on research data going back many years, and evidenced by clinical practice of specialized physiotherapists.
Through the soft tissue techniques of ERGON® TECHNIQUE, the therapist will gain the ability to effectively
- Assess potential fascial dysfunctions,
- Approach, in a therapeutic manner, areas that cannot be easily reached by human fingers,
- Intervene on stiff tissue,
- Restore the joints range of motion within the space of a few treatment sessions,
- Produce controlled and targeted re-injury in cases of overuse injuries (tendinopathy – injuries due to overuse),
- Accelerate tissue healing by activating fibroblasts,
- Treat the majority of musculoskeletal and sports injuries,
- Apply functional rehabilitation techniques,
- Apply combined techniques (ERGON ®TECHNIQUE and kinesiotherapy)