Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is an advanced form of soft tissue therapy which enables clinicians to efficiently detect and treat soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves) dysfunction including scar tissue, fascial restrictions, and fascial adhesions. Scar tissue can limit range of motion and frequently causes pain which prevents patients from functioning normally as he or she did before they were injured.

The technique breaks down scar tissue (adhesions), increases blood flow to the injured area, increases cellular activity to the area, and triggers an inflammatory healing response.  The result of treatment is the stimulation of the production of new collagen, and restoring the proper functional movement to soft tissues. 

Benefits of IASTM:

  • faster rehabilitation
  • faster recovery from injury
  • reduced need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • restoration of range of motion and movement, and
  • relief from chronic conditions

How does IASTM work?

Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. When the tissue is broken down it creates controlled micro-trauma to the affected soft tissue structure causing the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. This micro-trauma initiates the re-absorption of excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

conditions which can benefit from IASTM:

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (Shoulder Pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Foot and Heel Pain)
  • patellofemoral pain disorders (Knee Pain)
  • Patellar Tendinitis (Jummer's Knee)
  • Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances

Contraindications to using IASTMM

  • Compromised tissue integrity (open wound, infection, tumor)
  • Active implants (pacemaker, internal defibrillator, picc/pump lines)
  • DVT
  • Cervical carotid sinus

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CAUTION: The above is only a guide and should not be used as a substitute for being evaluated by a regulated health care professional that has experience in managing whiplash associated disorders. If you have any questions about your condition, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. If you feel that this is a medical emergency, please visit your closest hospital emergency department.