What is the IASTM?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft tissue injuries include damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia which is the connective tissue that runs through our entire bodies. Most commonly, these injuries occur from strains, sprains and chronic over use injuries. These injuries can cause inflammation, pain, and loss of range of motion. These chronic repeating injuries can cause adhesions to form. Tools are utilized to help remove these adhesions. This is IASTM, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.
One popular technique is the Graston Technique. It helps relieve symptoms associated with limited or painful motion, motor control issues such as coordination or muscle activation, or muscle recruitment issues. Some of the common conditions that can be treated with IASTM are Achilles tendinosis, tendinopathies, IT band syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, and plantar fasciitis. These are just a few of the many injuries that IASTM can treat.