Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

About Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation or Simply IASTM is a new range of tool which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. The technique itself is said to be a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha. However, Gua Sha was not used to treating Musculoskeletal conditions but was traditionally applied along meridians to move the bad chi out through the skin.IASTM is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency while remaining non-invasive, with its own indications and limitations.

How does it work?

The introduction of controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

Benefits of IASTM

Decreases overall time of treatment
Allows faster rehabilitation/recovery
Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
Clients can continue to engage in everyday activities

Common Questions

You do not need a doctor’s referral for IASTM services!

Limited motion
Pain during motion
Motor control issues (muscle activation/coordination)
Muscle recruitment issues

It is important to note that IASTM’s ability to reinitiate first-stage healing comes from the
fact that it is essentially reinjuring the body (although to a lesser degree and in a
controlled fashion). This may cause mild discomfort during the procedure. Patients
may experience soreness in the treatment area for a day or two following treatment.
Bruising can occur, although this is neither common nor desirable.

Results vary from individual to individual. Patients usually receive two treatments per
week, over 4-5 weeks. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd or 4th


Therapeutic effectiveness of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization for soft tissue injury: mechanisms and practical application

Effects of Instrument-assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) on Pain and Disability in Individuals With Non-specific Chronic Neck Pain

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