Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is the use of specific tools that clinicians use to efficiently locate and treat individuals with soft tissue concerns. The tools are repeatedly applied over the site of injury with firm pressure to break down fascial (connective tissue) restrictions and scar tissue. Clinicians are able to control the amount of pressure applied to the area through the tool. As the tool is moved back and forth over the area of concern, microtrauma (small little tears in the muscle) occurs that cause a stimulation of a local inflammatory response. Microtrauma occurs in weight-lifting and what causes our muscles to grow. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of excessive scar tissue and facilitates a biochemical response that remodels the soft tissue. IASTM is similar to Graston and Gua Sha - the latter two are identical in practice and theory however the tools differ slightly.
As in any manual therapy treatment, supplementation with exercises and additional modalities e.g. joint mobilization designed to correct biomechanical deficiencies throughout the entire kinetic chain should be used together with IASTM.
Conditions that benefit from IASTM:
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Post-surgical scars
- Myofasical pain and restrictions
- Musculoskeletal imbalances
- Chronic sprain/strains
- Hip Pain including IT Band syndrome
Book with our Chiropractic Doctor, Dr. Yaad Shergill to learn more about how IASTM can help you.