FAKTR: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine offers FAKTR to assist athletes looking for improved performance or breaking the barrier of pain & limited range of motion as a result of injury to the soft tissue & underlying fascia. The technique utilizes instruments that provoke the soft tissue to react & rebuild while in static, active & resistive positions while utilizing the same principles as the Graston technique. Dr. Parker Neill, in our Cary, NC offices, is Certified in FAKTR neuromuscular techniques & soft tissue work.

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What is FAKTR?

FAKTR (pronounced FACTOR) is actually a concept, not a technique. The acronym refers to Functional & Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. Co-Developed by Dr Greg Doerr & Dr. Tom Hyde, FAKTR incorporates the latest research & evidence-based soft-tissue techniques into a comprehensive protocol to treat common musculoskeletal disorders & complicated injuries quickly & easily with impressive results. FAKTR is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) addressing the function & treatment of the kinetic chain while utilizing various forms of rehabilitation at the same time. This approach targets the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues) & during motion sets FAKTR-certified providers in a class all their own. FAKTR incorporates all of the above variations to evaluate & treat soft tissue/fascial conditions.

How does FAKTR work?

FAKTR works by breaking down adhesions within the muscle & fascia to promote better movement, while also reducing pain & stiffness. Treatment also reduces swelling, promotes improved blood flow, & encourages correct fibroblast proliferation & alignment. Not only does this speed up the healing process, but it can also lead to better overall healing & improved function once recovery is complete.

Conditions successfully treated with FAKTR

FAKTR successfully treats variety of musculoskeletal conditions including; tendinopathy, sprains, strains, entrapment syndromes, myofascial restrictions such as plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, adhesive capsulitis, shin splints, DOMS & post-surgical recovery.

Who is the ideal patient for FAKTR?

If your exercise routines include high intensity workouts (HIIT), such as CrossFit, play a professional sport, or simply suffer with scar tissue from improper posture, FAKTR yields excellent results.

While FAKTR is a great way to treat athletes quickly, the concept can be applied to all ages & all body types. FAKTR is excellent for those involved in auto accidents, work related injuries, sports injuries, post-surgical work including joint replacement & conditions of daily living

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