Instrumental Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation

What is Instrumental Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation or Simply IASTM is a new range of ergonomically designed tool that allows clinicians to efficiently detect and treat fascia restrictions, encourage rapid localization and effectively treats areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration with the appropriate amount of pressure.

Benefits of IASTM

Studies have shown that IASTM provides improvements in range of motion,strength and pain perception following treatment with their physiotherapist. Researcher Melham and his team found that IASTM significantly improved range of motion in a college football player following 7 weeks of IASTM and physical therapy. He also found that scar tissue surrounding the lateral malleolus was reduced and remodeled structurally following IASTM application. He additionally  found improvement in pain reduction and impairment scale  at 6 & 12 weeks following IASTM application for patellar tendonitis.

Common benefits for IASTM include:

What to expect

IASTM usually consists of:
  • The warming up of the tissue to make it more pliable (heat, aerobic exercise, etc.)
  • Physiotherapist performing IASTM
  • Engagement in light exercises to promote proper movement patterns
IASTM is then often accompanied by home exercises such as yoga or home stretches to build flexibility and strengthening in the area of the injury. Patients who perform the home stretches and exercises prescribed by their physical therapist greatly accelerate the process.

Conditions that IASTM treats include:

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