Benefits of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a form of manual therapy often used by providers to help improve soft tissue function as well as improve range of motion while reducing pain. Although some tools may look like weapons, they are used to expedite the healing process while reducing some of the burden applied to your provider’s

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The goal during IASTM is to trigger an inflammatory healing response by increasing blood flow and cellular regeneration, and break down collagen cross-linkages. By applying pressure to injured or tight tissue, microtrauma is caused which creates this response. Some soreness and redness on the skin will occur, no bruising should. Although soreness may last for a day or so following your session, you should begin to notice overall improvement shortly after.

Some believe IASTM can help break up scar tissue but it takes an enormous amount of pressure to break up scar tissue so this is simply not the case. By applying light to moderate pressure, it can improve tissue extensibility therefore reducing pain levels and improving ROM. IASTM can help improve the mobility of muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Following IASTM, it is beneficial to begin an exercise program given to you by your provider to promote proper movement patterns and to further improve muscle flexibility as well a strength.

 

 

 

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