Soft Tissue Therapies

All soft tissue therapies may result in temporary soreness such as from working out or even bruising and redness, should instances happen it is imperative that you inform our providers.


Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special glass, silicon, or hard plastic cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction on your skin. Cupping is a long practiced treatment that may help ease the symptoms of both temporary and chronic health conditions be promoting blood flow and muscle relaxation.

Cupping can be performed several different ways including static, where the cups remain in a single place for several minutes or dynamic, where the cups are moved along the skin. Cupping can also be performed while you are resting in a static position or while you are moving through specific movements.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization uses unique handheld instruments with a specialized form of massage that is designed to help the practitioner identify areas of restriction and release muscle tension and calm down the overactive nerves causing muscle tension.

The treatment is rendered along the kinetic chain and thus a patient presenting with back pain might also receive treatment to the hip flexors, abdomen, hamstrings, shoulders, and other parts of the body.

Acute & Chronic Condition IASTM Therapy can help with:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Knee/ankle pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scar tissue
  • Shin splints
  • Trigger finger
  • Joint sprains


This elastic tape may help control inflammation after sprains and strains as well as decompress muscles and nerves such as with cupping but can be worn for several days at a time for a longer effect than cupping.

Stretching & Massage

Stretching can be applied to all the parts of the body to encourage muscles to either contract or relax depending upon the types of stretching applied to the patient. A relaxing stretch is often performed in a completely passive nature where the patient does not assist in stretching the muscle. A contracting stretch is performed in an active nature where the patient is moving or engaging muscles while pressure is applied to specific parts of the muscle or when a resistance of the patient’s movement is utilized.

The Summerville location utilizes licensed massage therapists in conjunction with Dr Diana where separate appointments can be scheduled for 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute massages can be scheduled.

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