Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM is a new range of tool which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat soft tissue adhesions and dysfunction that frequently develop in response to trauma, injury, repeated use or strain, immobility or surgery. The technique itself is said to be a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha. it is a rapidly growing in popularity due to it's effectiveness in stimulating the body's natural healing power while remaining non-invasive.
IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that help the clinician detect and release fascial restrictions. The introduction of "microtrauma" by rapid rubbing or scrapping the affected area stimulates a local inflammatory response and facilitates a cascade of healing activities that result in remodeling of the effected soft tissue structures. Supplementing this treatment with exercise and supporting modalities helps to alleviate pain and correct biomechanical deficiencies and imbalances.
Clinical studies have researched the benefits of IASTM at the cellular level and have shown increased fibroblast proliferation, reduction in scar tissue, increased vascular response and remodeling of unorganized collagen fiber. The positive effects of IASTM include improved range of motion, decreased pain perception, reduction in scar tissue and adhesions, and cellular rejuvenation and repair.
Does IASTM Hurt?
Some techniques promote an aggressive "scrapping" of the skin, such that bruising is likely. At OptimLiving Therapy, we have found that intense pressure is NOT needed to produce fast and sustainable results. We apply only the amount of force that is needed to facilitate the benefits of IASTM. We work within your level of comfort and will avoid creating more trauma or pain.
- Scar tissue adhesions
- Limited range of motion
- Trigger point pain
- Pain during movement
- Motor control issues
- Muscle fiber recruitment
- Trauma or injury to tendons
- Nerve impingements
- Compromised tissue integrity (open wound, infection or tumor)
- Active implants (pacemaker, internal defibrillator, picc lines/pumps)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or clotting disorder
- Cervical carotid sinus
Conditions that Respond to IASTM
- Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Planar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Patellar Tendinitis
- Heel Pain/Achilles Tendinitis
- DeQuervain's Syndrome
- Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
- Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
- Musculoskeletal Imbalances
- Chronic Joint Swelling
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Non-Acute Bursitis
- CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
- Back Pain
- Hip Pain (and Replacements)
- IT Band Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Chronic Ankle Sprains
- Post-surgical Scars
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
* Not a comprehensive list - most musculoskeletal conditions respond well to IASTM.
To learn more about IASTM and determine if this technique is right for your condition, request an appointment for an evaluation by clicking the link below or calling 623-777-3113 and speaking with our Patient Support Coordinator.