Does it seem like no matter how often you foam roll or use the lacrosse ball you just can’t seem to get that knot to go away?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation
IASTM is a manual therapy treatment technique that utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to assist in detecting and treating areas exhibiting soft tissue restriction, adhesions or chronic inflammation that contribute to fascial restrictions along with muscle and tendon dysfunction. The instruments are used to increase the activity of the cells that make up connective tissue, resulting in the remodeling of affected structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or injury, are broken down allowing full recovery to occur.
How Do I Know If I Need IASTM?
This technique is used to break up scar tissue that builds up over time as a result of either acute or chronic injury. Your therapist will assess if and where soft tissue restrictions exist as a result of scar tissue. If you have ongoing pain or soreness in your muscles, then you may be appropriate for this technique.
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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding This Technique
Does this technique hurt?
There are a few misconceptions regarding IASTM. Some think that the instruments are used to “get deeper,” and that a large amount of force is used. This is usually not the case. Light massage cream is used to reduce friction across the skin, and only a mild to moderate amount of pressure is generally used. It does not have to be uncomfortable.
Will my skin get bruised?
It’s possible. Depending on the target body part and how long it needs to be worked, a mild redness could develop. However, deep red or purple bruises are unlikely.
What should I wear to a session?
As with all physical therapy treatments, loose-fitting clothing works best. Shorts, T-shirt, or a tank-top are ideal.