Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is an advanced manual technique where the therapist is able to effectively address myofacial or soft tissue dysfunctions (i.e. tight, stringy muscles) with the assistance of a contoured instrument.
The instruments give
clinicians a mechanical advantage by reducing stress on the hands,
magnifying abnormalities (e.g. restrictions, scars, adhesions), and
focusing forces through a small area with less friction than using the
thumb or fingers.
The goal of treatment is to stimulate an inflammatory healing response - increasing blood flow and stimulating collagen production promotes adequate remodeling and healing of soft tissue structures. Ultimately, reducing overall treatment time and allowing faster recovery.