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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a modern and effective technique used in chiropractic care that involves the use of specialized tools to manipulate and massage the soft tissues of the body.

This method is designed to help diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions that involve pain, restricted mobility, and dysfunction in the soft tissues.


What is IASTM?

IASTM utilizes specially designed instruments, often made of stainless steel, to precisely target areas of soft tissue adhesion or scar tissue. These tools are used to gently scrape or rub the skin in a controlled manner.

The technique is based on the principles of traditional manual therapy but enhances the practitioner's ability to detect and treat areas of fibrosis or chronic inflammation.


How Does IASTM Work?

The use of instruments in IASTM provides a mechanical advantage, allowing for deeper penetration and more precise manipulation of soft tissue structures. This technique stimulates the body's healing process by creating controlled microtrauma in the affected area, which then initiates an inflammatory response leading to the remodeling and repair of the tissues.

Conditions that Benefit from IASTM

IASTM is particularly beneficial for conditions involving soft tissue, such as:

  1. Chronic Tendon Disorders: Conditions like tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, or Achilles tendinopathy, where there is chronic inflammation and pain in the tendons.

  2. Scar Tissue Formation: Post-surgical or traumatic scar tissues that might restrict movement and cause discomfort.

  3. Fascial Restrictions: Conditions like plantar fasciitis or IT band syndrome, where the fascia, a connective tissue surrounding muscles, becomes tight and painful.

  4. Muscle Strains and Sprains: Assisting in the recovery and healing of muscle injuries.

  5. Back and Neck Pain: Relieving pain and stiffness in the spinal region, often associated with muscle spasms or soft tissue tightness.

Benefits of IASTM

  • Enhanced Recovery: Accelerates the healing process through increased blood flow and tissue repair.

  • Pain Reduction: Helps in decreasing pain and increasing function.

  • Increased Range of Motion: Improves flexibility and reduces stiffness in the affected areas.

  • Safe and Non-Invasive: A safe alternative to more invasive procedures.


IASTM is a versatile and effective approach in chiropractic care for treating a variety of soft tissue conditions. It enhances the body's natural healing process and offers a non-invasive solution for pain management and functional improvement.

If you're experiencing soft-tissue-related issues, give us a call today. We can help.

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