IASTM, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, has been around for a long time, under several different names, for instance you may of heard of the Graston Technique, RockBlades, or Gua Sha. All of which are popular treatments for myofascial restrictions. IASTM uses specially designed instruments to provide a mobilizing effect to scar tissue, and myofascial adhesions (knots to me and you). They help to aid blood flow through an injured, or ‘tight’ area and increase joint range of motion (ROM).
IASTM instruments make it easier to detect and treat fascial dysfunction. They magnify the abnormalities (scars, restrictions and adhesions) in the fascia and make it easier to locate the area to treat. Using a tool focuses the force through an area smaller than your finger with less friction which allows a more efficient treatment. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response. This will stimulate the production of new collagen and proper, functional, pain-free healing.
Benefits of IASTM
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Allows faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Clients can continue to engage in everyday activities
Common Issues Treated
- Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
- Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
- Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)
- Scar Tissue
- Trigger Finger
- Shin Splints
IASTM can be used as part of any sports massage, or cupping therapy session that you book, and comes at no extra cost.