Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM is a manual therapy technique that utilizes an array of tools to allow clinicians to easily locate and treat soft tissue dysfunction.
The ergonomically designed tools used in IASTM detect and treat fascial restrictions in soft tissue, fibrosis, chronic inflammation and, or degeneration. Exercises and modalities are often implemented in addition to this manual technique to correct biomechanical deficits resulting from musculoskeletal strength and, or muscle imbalances along the kinetic chain.
These instruments work by introducing controlled microtrauma to the affected soft tissues which allows for the break down facial restrictions and scar tissue, as well as stimulating a localized inflammatory response to facilitate tissue remodeling.
Studies have shown clinical evidence of the benefits of IASTM, including improved range of motion, strength and pain perception in a wide range of diagnoses. A good candidate for IASTM is anyone who exhibits signs of limited range of motion, pain during motion, motor control issues and, or muscle recruitment issues.
Conditions that can benefit from IASTM:
- Medial & Lateral Epicondylitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Heel Pain/Achilles Tendonitis
- DeQuervain’s Syndrome
- Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
- Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
- Musculoskeletal Imbalances
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Back Pain
- IT Band Syndrome
- Shin Splints
Contraindications for use:
- Compromised tissue integrity – open wound, infection, tumor
- Active implants – pacemaker, internal defibrillator, PICC/Pump lines
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Cervical Carotid Sinus
We utilize these techniques in both our Clermont and Ocoee offices to help benefits our patients! Call to learn more!