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What is IASTM? Why do I need it?

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

  • Neck Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

  • Patellar Tendinitis

  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis

  • Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis

  • DeQuervain's Syndrome

  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars

  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions

  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances

  • Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains

  • Ligament Sprains

  • Muscle Strains

  • Non-Acute Bursitis

  • RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

  • Back Pain

  • Trigger Finger

  • Hip Pain (Replacements)

  • IT Band Syndrome

  • Shin Splints

  • 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:

IASTM of upper back

  • Faster pain relief

  • Reduced pain

  • Improved mobility

  • Improved circulation

  • Increased flexibility

  • 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!

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