Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Scar tissue can develop from surgery or overuse. This can limit your nerve conduction and blood flow. It can result in improper function, decreased range of motion and pain.
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.