Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
What is it?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a method of treatment aimed at muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When a soft tissue is injured and left untreated, the body heals the area as quickly as possible so that you can get back to performing your daily activities.
In the healing process, scar tissue and adhesions form, patching the injured area back together. Unfortunately, while this does accomplish the task of healing the area, scar tissue also works against us by replacing normal functioning tissues with non-functioning tissue. This process inhibits the tissues from lengthening properly, resulting in more dysfunction long term.
How does it work?
IASTM is performed by gliding an instrument over an injured or affected area, creating a controlled microtrauma. This creates an inflammatory response which initiates healing and remodeling of the damaged tissue, thus restoring proper tissue function.
Conditions commonly treated:
- Sprain/ Strain
- Overuse/ Repetitive Injury