What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) is a simple non-invasive treatment which is aimed to manipulate and mobilise the soft tissue of the body.
The concept is based on the same concept of Deep Tissue Massage by increasing blood flow to the area. This provides the area with the body’s own self maintenance and repair mechanisms causing it to start to self heal.
This gentle treatment gives the therapist greater feedback as to what is happening under the skin, deeper specific penetration and more accurate application. This creates faster tissue healing and repair restoring tissue balance, reduction in pressure on joints, improved motion and increase in body fluid mobilisation.
IASTM is a manual therapy technique that uses specialized instruments, typically made of metal or hard plastic, to detect and treat soft tissue dysfunction. The instruments used in IASTM are designed to provide a precise amount of pressure to the affected area and are used to break up scar tissue, fascial restrictions, and adhesions that can cause pain and limit mobility.
During an IASTM treatment, the therapist will use the instrument to apply pressure to the skin and underlying soft tissue. The therapist will typically move the instrument in a back-and-forth or circular motion, applying varying amounts of pressure to different areas of the body. This helps to loosen up any tight or damaged tissue and improves blood flow to the area.
IASTM is commonly used to treat a range of conditions such as tendinitis, sprains and strains, muscle tightness and pain, and joint dysfunction. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of therapy such as stretching, exercise, and manual therapy. The goal of IASTM is to improve tissue function and promote healing in the affected area.
It is important to note that IASTM should only be performed by trained healthcare professionals who have undergone proper training in the technique. Improper use of the instruments can cause further damage and injury to the affected area. Additionally, IASTM may not be appropriate for everyone and should be used on a case-by-case basis. It is always best to consult with a healthcare professional before beginning any new treatment.