IASTM Therapy

What is IASTM?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

It’s non-invasive and uses uniquely designed stainless steel instruments to break down scar tissue. Similar to how a comb brushes out knots in your hair, these instruments are used to smooth out soft tissue abnormalities, improving your range of motion and decreasing pain.

Our Physical Therapists will assess your condition, evaluating your strength and range of motion in order to determine the appropriate treatment. Many of our patients see significant results in a couple sessions.

The instruments are uniquely designed with specific edges to ensure precise treatment. This increases more immediate response and decreases treatment time.

General Conditions

  • Chronic tendonitis
  • Joint and muscle stiffness
  • Pain and stiffness associated with early degenerative joint disease

Specific Conditions

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Anterior and Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy
  • Arthrofibrosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Pain
  • Chronic Ankle Pain and Stiffness
  • Chronic Wrist Pain and Stiffness
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hamstring Strain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Joint pain
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Lateral Epicondylopathy
  • Low Back Pain (nonradicular)
  • Medial Epicondylopathy
  • Patellar Tendinopathy
  • Painful Scars
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Mastectomy Scarring
  • Post-Surgical Scarring / Fibrosis
  • Post-Fracture Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
  • Runners Knee
  • Scar Tissue / Fibrosis
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Trochenteric Bursitis

Introduction

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a new range of tool which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. It is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency while remaining non-invasive, with its own indications and limitations.

How does it work?

Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure. The introduction of controlled micro-trauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. Micro-trauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

Indications

  • Limited motion
  • pain during motion
  • motor control issues
  • Muscle recruitment issues

Physiology & Benefits

Cellular Level studies have addressed the benefits at the cellular level. Benefits include increased fibroblast proliferation, reduction in scar tissue, increased vascular response, and the remodeling of unorganized collagen fiber matrix following the application.

Clinical Benefits studies have also shown clinical benefits showing improvements in range of motion, strength and pain perception following treatment.

The benefit to the therapist provides clinicians with a mechanical advantage, thus preventing over-use to the hands. Ninety-one percent of physiotherapists using some sort of massage had to modify their treatment techniques because of thumb pain.

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