Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a soft tissue diagnostic and therapeutic method used for outpatient therapy. It is a excellent method for treating and resolving soft tissue injuries, including repetitive stress diagnosis.
- The instruments are made of stainless steel, specifically used as an alternative to manual transverse friction massage.
- Over time we have a build up off fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons and ligaments that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain that will cause dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue. (In some cases it can even mat down and entrap a nerve.)
- Scar tissue (and/or adhesions) prevent fluid movement of muscles, ligaments and surrounding areas. Thus when someone says they feel tight or have pain with movement, they are experiencing the binding effect of scar tissue.
Common Diagnoses for IASTM Technique
- Carpal Tunnel (wrist pain)
- Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
- Scar Tissue
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Sports Injuries
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)
- Trigger Points
What to Expect
- Patients usually receive 2 treatments per week for 4-5weeks
- Positive response in most cases after 2-3 treatments and decreases overall time of treatment and recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent