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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM treatments were developed by experienced medical professionals through years of detailed research. The use of these tools and their effectiveness has been scientifically validated over and over again. This technique is utilized by professional sports teams and can be beneficial whether you are an office worker, weekend warrior or a elite athlete.
IASTM is another option to resolve pain and tightness in the body. A soft tissue injury involves damage to the muscles, ligaments,tendons or myofascia and is associated with any injury. This approach to fascia work reduces friction which allows a preciseness, sensitivity and depth that cannot be accomplished with the hands, knuckles elbows etc.
IASTM instruments make it easier to detect and treat fascial dysfunction. They magnify the abnormalities (scars, restrictions and adhesions) in the fascia and make it easier to locate the area to treat. Using a tool focuses the force through an area smaller then your finger with less friction. This allows a more efficient treatment. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response. This will stimulate the production of new collagen and proper, more functional, less painful healing.
Treatment is usually combined with stretches and/or exercises to stabilize or strengthen the affected area and compensating musculature. A thorough exam is performed to determine if this course of care is right for you.
Commonly Treated Problems