When you overwork a muscle or sprain an ankle, what’s the first thing you do? Easy – you try to rub out the soreness. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, or IASTM, is simply a scientifically-tested and evolved extension of that process of rubbing out the soreness.
The IASTM technique evolved from a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha. Gua Sha was not intended to treat musculoskeletal injuries, but rather to move bad energy out of the body. Physical therapists have modernized the technique to detect and treat soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, and degeneration.
How Does IASTM Work?
Going back to our original example of rubbing out pain, as manual therapists, we rely heavily on our hands when assisting patients. IASTM adds a complimentary layer of ergonomically-designed tools that help us more precisely assess your soft tissue injury. Then, IASTM promotes healing by encouraging increased blood flow to the injured area, breaking up excessive scar tissue formation, and improving limited range of motion due to restrictions or pain.
Will IASTM Relieve My Pain?
Because IASTM is such a uniquely responsive treatment, we use it for many different musculoskeletal problems. Some of the more common conditions are:
• Neck pain
• Rotator cuff problems
• Low back pain
• Hip pain
• Plantar fasciitis
• Myofascial trigger points
• Post-surgical or traumatic scarring
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• DeQuervain’s Syndrome
IASTM is often a favorite of our patients, resulting in immediate relaxation of the affected muscle group followed by long-lasting comfort and healing. If you are interested in learning more, call our office for an appointment today.