Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a manual therapy technique that targets fascial adhesions and scar tissue using specialized tools. These tools, typically made of metal, are used to scrape or rub the body’s fascia, the layer of connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, and organs. These instruments are designed to break down fascial adhesions and scar tissue, which can be resulted from injury, post-surgical healing, or prolonged inactivity.
Fascia is a layer of connective tissue made up of collagen fibers and other proteins. Its three-dimensional web-like shape is found around structures all over in the body such as muscles, bones, and organs. This framework helps keep its surroundings in place and provides a pathway for blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatic vessels. Functionally, fascia supports the body in simple and complex physical activities through its elastic flexible nature and shock absorptive capability.
Dysfunction or restrictions in fascia can lead to disruptions in bodily structures and affect the quality of movement. During an IASTM session, a trained therapist will use the instrument to identify potential soft tissue dysfunctions in a part of the patient’s body. The therapist then applies an appropriate amount of pressure and friction to the treatment area while using longitudinal strokes or kneading motions.
Benefits of IASTM treatment include:
- Improved range of motion
- Decreased muscle tension and tightness
- Pain reduction
- Postural realignment
- Faster healing and recovery
- Increased blood circulation
If you’re interested in learning more about IASTM or exploring if it’s right for you, consider scheduling an appointment. We can discuss the treatment process and potential benefits it may have on your body.