IASTM is the acronym for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. IASTM is a type of manual therapy that utilizes specialized ergonomic tools that massage and scrape the skin gently. This technique uses a set of stainless steel instruments to help soft tissue injuries to the connective tissues, muscles, neurological tissues and skin. It is effective for soft tissue injuries like repetitive stress injury, strains, sprains and subluxations. This soft tissue mobilization technique treats a wide number of conditions, including muscle pain, rotator cuff pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and even headaches. This technique has had proven results for patients.
How a Physical Therapist Implements the IASTM
The first part of the treatment is a warm-up. Areas of the soft tissue fibrosis are moved to make the scar tissue more receptive. A stainless steel tool is used to follow the affected soft tissue injury. The edge of the tool slowly slides along the skin surface and comes into contact with what is known as adhesions. It’s scar tissue, and the clinician rubs over the adhesions with the tool to cause movement. It’s this friction that helps heal soft tissue injuries.
The benefits of the IASTM include:
- Increased rate of volume and blood flow to affected areas to enhance healing
- Breakdown of collagen cross-links
- Boost in cellular activity for good health
- Reduction in inflammation
- Reduction in pain for better quality of life
- Increased mobility and ability to perform daily tasks
Are you suffering from a soft tissue injury? Do you have a sports injury or injury from a car accident? Do you have scars or adhesions that are causing pain and limiting your movement? Give us a call today and learn how IASTM can get you on the road to recovery. Our physical therapists are trained and experienced in this technique. Meet with us for a one-on-one consultation and comprehensive evaluation. Our goal is to help you live life to the fullest and without pain. We are committed to helping you heal. For more information, Contact Us TODAY at Total Body Therapy & Wellness in Lillington, NC.