Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a set of handheld instruments we use to break down the scar tissue and fascial restrictions in your soft tissues. This includes your muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and fascia. Fascia is a fibrous web of tissue that supports and protects all of our muscles and organs. Think of fascia as a never-ending 3D spider’s web that connects our entire body.
Once the damaged areas are detected, we use the instruments to deliver a controlled microtrauma to the affected area. The purpose of the microtrauma is to stimulate a local inflammatory response, which starts reabsorption of excessive scar tissue and leads to a cascade of healing activities. This process helps break down adhesions that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization or repetitive strain, allowing you to regain function.