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Instrument Assisted
Soft Tissue Mobilization

IASTM is the acronym for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. It is a type of manual therapy that utilizes specialized ergonomic tools that massage and scrape the skin gently. This technique uses a set of 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 quadricep pain, rotator cuff pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and even headaches. This technique has had proven results for many patients.

Are you suffering from a soft tissue injury? Do you have a sports injury or injury from a auto accident? Do you have scars or adhesions that are causing pain and limiting your movement? Contact us at MAXX Physical Therapy in and learn how the IASTM Technique can get you on the road to recovery. Our physical therapists are trained and experienced in this technique. Schedule an Appointment or just request a FREE Pain Assessment. Our goal is to help you live at your maximum potential and without pain. We are committed to helping you heal.

How We Implement the IASTM Technique

We begin treatment with a warm-up. Areas of the soft tissue fibrosis are moved to make the scar tissue more receptive. An instrument is used to follow the affected soft tissue injury. The edge of the instrument slowly slides along the skin surface and comes into contact with what is known as adhesions. It’s scar tissue, and the physical therapist rubs over the adhesions with the instrument to cause movement. It’s this friction that helps heal soft tissue injuries. The area of the injury is treated with repeated movements of the instrument rubbing over and around it. The rate of rubbing and amount of pressure are adjusted during treatment. After treatment, the affected area is stretched. Your physical therapist may apply cold packs if there is any soreness. Typically, patients receive 2-3 treatments for a week over a period of about 4-6 weeks. Patients can expect relief by the third or fourth treatment.

Benefits of IASTM

The benefits of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (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

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