Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is the use of a metal tool to loosen up the skin, fascia and underlying soft tissues. It can be very effective for many musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, muscle strains, and muscle tightness surrounding surgical sites.
How can it help me?
The therapist applies cream to the skin, and then uses short strokes with one of various metal tools to loosen up the affected tissues. For many conditions, the tool is applied to the entire limb front and back. As it moves across the skin, the thin edge of the tool penetrates the tissues to stretch and realign adhesions in the fascia, skin and muscles. The patient may experience some discomfort and redness during the treatment, but rarely feels any soreness afterwards. When the treatment is done, it is beneficial to move and be active, working through the restored range of motion.