Countless people in Waxahachie Texas are needing help with scar tissue, deeper muscle work and to jump start their recovery

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (aka IASTM, scrapping, tool soft-tissue work) has been helping our patients get over frustrating injuries in the limbs and spine

When do our patients seek treatment with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Limited motion
Pain during motion
Motor control issues
Muscle recruitment issues

Studies have also shown clinical benefits of IASTM showing improvements in range of motion, strength, and pain perception following treatment.

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Conditions Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is used for
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
  • Heel Pain
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • DeQuervain's Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical
  • Traumatic Scars
  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances
  • Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Non-Acute Bursitis
  • Back Pain
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hip Pain (Replacements)
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Chronic Ankle Sprains
  • Acute Ankle Sprains

Get help for scar tissue, as well as muscle and soft tissue pain

Jumpstart your recovery through IASTM scraping
Your personal preference is what we base our tissue work depth on
Get the experts who can get your results no matter what your pain tolerance is
Restart or speed up your healing process
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization is a great way to break down scar tissue to allow proper healing to take place or a great way to get recently injured areas to heal
Experts who will get you moving though your recovery
You got hurt doing a specific movement why not treat you the exact motions that are painful. We are here to empower you to move again and strengthen your body to do movements that previously would have caused you pain.
Frequently asked questions with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Soft-tissue and muscle scraping

Q: Do I have to be bruised and in pain to get benefits from instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization?

A: You are in luck because you can get great results working within your comfort zone. We always tell patients to try to let us work carefully into a little hurt to feel good, but never a no pain no gain. However, this is variable and each person should be listened to because they know their unique tolerance.

Q: What types of different techniques exist for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization? 

A: The top techniques are Gua Sha, Graston®, Técnica Gavilán®, Hawk Grips®, Functional and Kinetic Treatment and Rehab (FAKTR)®, Adhesion Breakers® and Fascial Abrasion TechniqueTM. We are certified with FAKTR and really loved the movement aspect it included while doing instrument assisted manual therapy. 

Q: What do the tools look like and what are they made of?

A: The tools can vary significantly based on the type. Ours are stainless steel and look like a smooth butter knife with gentle edges. Other tools are: Buffalo Horn which originated from Chinese Gua Sha practitioners. Jade Tools that are much heavier and more slippery. Plastic tools are the newer designs on the market with wide variability, but they are mainly used for training. Stainless Steel Tools are the best tools for IASTM and scraping. The tissue responds well when the steel runs on it and they come in different sizes for different parts of the body.

Q: What is fascia?

A: Fascia is a covering around everything inside of your body and you can think about it like plastic wrap. It actually resembles a netted onion bag and spider web. 


What is IASTM

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) or scrapping is a new take on an old technique that uses tools to efficiently locate and treat individuals with muscle and soft tissue dysfunction. The technique itself is said to be a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha. However, Gua Sha was not used to treat Musculoskeletal conditions but was traditionally applied along meridians to move the bad chi out through the skin Gua Sha can be a very aggressive technique as well. IASTM is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency while remaining non-invasive.

IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization, and effectively treat areas exhibiting scar tissue, chronic inflammation, or degeneration. It is a form of Manual therapy treatment and it works great combined with mobilizations and exercises.

It works by the instruments effectively breaking down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.

The introduction of blood flow to the affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of local inflammatory response. This jump-starts your healing process and helps your bodies' soft tissues heal correctly. Once the scar tissue and soft tissue are treated it allows for full function to return.

"Began working along side Doctor Hendrix this year at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Dr Hendrix has done a fabulous job helping to keep our athletes on the field and injury free.
All of our athletes love the services that they provide. Thank you for becoming a partner with the SAGU Sports Medicine Team."

Stuart Dunn, Google Review

"I see Dr. Hendrix once a week to keep me dialed in for college athletics. He is an excellent and very knowledgeable chiropractor.
Dr. Hendrix’s adjustments are always top notch! Thanks a lot guys!"


Kyle Coolidge, Google Review

Dr. Hendrix has the following Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Certification

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Get help for scar tissue, as well as muscle and soft tissue pain

This is our simple process:
Schedule Your Appointment
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Get Treated and Movement Screened
Getting you out of pain is only the beginning. We have big plans for your return to sport.
Perform At Your Best
We are confident that you can now take it from here.

Keep your focus on movement instead of pain.

It is extremely tough to see a patient frustratingly held back from an injury that could have been addressed in our office.

Getting the edge over your pain is one click away through our scraping and instrument assisted soft tissue treatments 

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