Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a rehabilitation treatment that provides a breakthrough in the way soft tissue injuries are treated. Practitioners use specifically crafted tools, or instruments, to mobilize, break down, and remodel connective tissue that is the source of pain, decreased range of motion, and impaired function. ASTYM, Graston, and Gua Shaw are just a few of the common or commercial names that you may have heard in reference to IASTM. Incorporating IASTM tools into your therapy program to treat abnormal soft tissue, taps into the body’s natural healing process to enable rapid return to activity, free from pain and limitation.
Adhesions, scar tissue, and other inappropriate fibrosis within soft tissue can result from trauma, surgery, immobilization, repetitive strain, or other stresses. Research has also shown that in many cases of chronic tendinitis, the tissue is not inflamed but is degenerative. Most treatments ignore these soft tissue dysfunctions and therefore are not effective in treating the problems that result from them. The remarkable success of IASTM is due to the fact that it directly addresses dysfunctional soft tissue, the underlying source of many problems.
Benefits of IASTM Therapy:
Resolve tough cases, even in chronic situations
Keep patients in their work, sport, or activity
Predict results based on an extensive outcomes database
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