What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)?
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is an effective range of “Hands-On” treatment to help find and relieve pain from soft-tissue injuries. At Wright Physical Therapy we use specially designed tools to help remodel scar tissue, increase range of motion, and decrease pain. There are multiple types of IASTM products including ASTYM, Hawkgrips, and Graston Technique. Despite their differences, each technique is designed to improve blood flow and scar tissue mobility, decrease muscle spasms, and improve healing.
How does Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) work?
A trained clinician will use a specially designed tool to help assist with treatment over areas within the muscle, tendon, or scar tissue. This type of treatment will enhance healing and help to improve the flow of fluid in and around the painful area. Patients can expect an improvement of function after one to four treatments. IASTM has been exceptionally valuable in accelerating improved outcomes for our patients. The ability to focus mechanical force along a small contact surface to patients’ target tissue, and do so with a relatively high level of comfort for the patient is a major benefit of using this technique.
Common diagnosis treated with IASTM are:
- Painful scars
- Tennis elbow
- Runners knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Jumper’s Knee
- Golfers elbow
- IT band syndrome
- Other tendonitis or tendinosis
- Shin splints
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Low back and neck pain
- Joint sprain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-fracture pain
- De quervains syndrome
- Caesarean scarring
- Post mastectomy