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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Mobile Physical Therapy: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a technique with special tools to detect and treat muscle issues due to fibrosis, chronic inflammation, and degeneration. It’s used as a supplemental treatment with therapeutic exercise to improve range of motion and muscle strength.

Mobile Physical Therapy: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a technique with special tools to detect and treat muscle issues due to fibrosis, chronic inflammation, and degeneration. It’s used as a supplemental treatment with therapeutic exercise to improve range of motion and muscle strength.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is important in assisting with injuries that have long since healed, but that are still causing you pain. This pain can be due to fascia which is a type of connective tissue. Fascia surrounds ALL structures in the human body traveling just below the skin to the outer covering of our bones. Think of it as a “cellophane” wrap which helps to connect muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.

 

This connection helps keep weight distributed evenly while protecting nerves and blood vessels. With an injury due to trauma or over use, fascia can change from a kind of “cellophane” to a “sticky wrap” that gets bunched up and knotted in random places. These “knots” are what restrict movement and cause pain. IASTM works to straighten out that sticky wrap back into smooth cellophane! This improves mobility and blood flow which means you experience decreased pain and better performance of your tissues!

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

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What are the benefits of IASTM?

With the assistance of tools such as stainless steel Graston and Hawkgrip, Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization has the benefits of:

  • Decreasing the overall time of treatment
  • Faster recovery
  • Reducing the need for medications
  • No downtime

 

IASTM is a lot like a deep tissue massage, and it benefits those that are suffering from plantar fasciopathy, sprains and strains, lumbar pain, cervical pain, post-operative muscle tightness, and repetitive strain injuries (like tennis and golfer’s elbow). We pair it with therapeutic exercises, and afterwards you can immediately get back to your day. There’s no pain involved and no recovery time needed. Plus, with mobile concierge physical therapy, that means we come to your home or office, so your appointment is over with much faster than your average physical therapy clinic that you have to drive to!

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Hear what our patients have to say:

I was dealing with chronic hamstring injuries (tendinopathy) for over a year and was unable to jog/exercise without aggravating my pain. I had tried “Airrosti” therapy, pain medications and ice but the issue continued every time I tried to resume jogging. I had almost given up the idea of ever jogging again when I hurt my knee and started Physical Therapy with Eric Finger. Eric was able to assist me in recovering from my knee and both hamstring injuries. The best thing about PT with Eric was his confidence in my ability to resume jogging and the professional guidance he provided in my journey back to health. Eric was able to get me back to jogging in 12 visits and I am now able to jog a 5k.. pain free! My only regret is not starting therapy sooner! Thanks, Eric at Move Empower!

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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization FAQs

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is the use of tools to increase your range of motion and decrease your pain/inflammation due to scar tissue from previously healed injuries.

No! It’s pain free. In fact, you can think of it more as a deep tissue massage to relax your muscles and better align scar tissue within your body. There’s no downtime after an Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization treatment so you can get right back to your busy schedule.

IASTM is generally used in conjunction with therapeutic exercises to increase your range of motion and decrease your pain/inflammation, but this is something that one of our physical therapists will determine at your appointment.

  • Plantar Fasciopathy
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Lumbar pain
  • Cervical pain
  • Post-operative muscle tightness
  • Repetitive strain injuries, like Tennis and Golfer’s elbow

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