Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a soft tissue diagnostic and therapeutic method used for outpatient therapy. IASTM is excellent for treating areas exhibiting scar tissue, adhesions, chronic inflammation or soft tissue restriction/injury.
- The specifically designed stainless steel instruments may enhance the ability to target and treat restriction within affected tissues.
- Scar tissue that forms in an injured area lacks strength and flexibility and may build up, restricting normal performance of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- Scar tissue (and/or adhesions) prevent fluid movement of muscles, ligaments and surrounding areas, resulting in pain and stiffness restricting movement.
Common diagnoses for IASTM:
- 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 two treatments per week for four to five weeks.
- Positive response in most cases after two or three treatments.
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent.
- The instruments are not meant to replace the therapist’s hands, but rather enhance ability to detect/treat adhesions and soft tissue restrictions.
- IASTM is generally performed in conjunction with a stretching and strengthening program to optimize healing and provide the best opportunity to return to sport or previous level of activity.