Often, patients with soft-tissue injuries do not seek out physical therapy until the injuries have become chronic (weeks/months after injury). By this point, the body has completed most of its self-healing process. Scar tissue and adhesions are formed during this healing process, and can ultimately effect ROM and mobility.
The problem lies in the manner of how the scar tissue is laid down…its excessive and highly disorganized, almost acting like a glue between the tissues preventing proper lengthening and contracting of the affected muscles.
By introducing controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue using IASTM, a local inflammatory response is stimulated, essentially kick starting the process of reabsorption and remodeling of the disorganized tissue into more organized, movement friendly, pattern.
Studies have shown clinical benefits of IASTM to include improvements in range of motion, strength and pain perception following treatment.