What is IASTM (Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization), Scraping, or "Tool Work"?
IASTM stands for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and it is a type of massage that uses specifically designed tools to help improve the health of your muscles and tissues. IASTM works like a standard massage, but specialized instruments are used. These instruments allow more direct treatment of the soft tissues involved with movement.
Tissues targeted are muscles, fascia-connective tissue that surrounds and separates muscles, ligaments-tissue that connects bones to other bones, and tendons-tissue that connects muscles to bones.
How it Works?
IASTM therapy causes microtrauma to induce a local inflammatory response in the soft tissue region, where you feel the tightness, knots, and/or stiffness. This causes the old tissue to begin the healing process and remolding of the soft tissue being worked on.
Some of the common conditions that can be treated with IASTM are:
Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral Epicondylitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
Hip Pain (Replacements)
IT Band Syndrome
Chronic Ankle Sprains
Acute Ankle Sprains (Advanced Technique)
Scars (Surgical, Traumatic)
These are just a few of the injuries that IASTM can treat, curious if the pain you are experiencing would benefit from IASTM, reach out!
IASTM therapy has been shown to provide a wide range of benefits, including:
Faster pain relief
Quicker rehabilitation and recovery
What to expect?
Most people common side effect is redness of skin worked on. Other side effects are soreness or discomfort on the area.
Overall, patients feel much better after the treatment.
If you’re looking for a way to improve your overall health and wellbeing, IASTM might be the perfect solution for you!