Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, or “IASTM”, is a manual physical therapy technique we perform, as physical therapists, using ergonomically designed tools that detect and treat fascial restrictions. With any Manual therapy treatment, supplementation with exercises and additional modalities is included in our patient’s treatment plans. We utilize many brands of IASTM, including Graston, Hawkgrips, and others.
How does IASTM work?
IASTM tools effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and allows our physical therapists to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.
There are a number of different speeds and pressures that an IASTM-trained physical therapist may use while conducting this specific technique, and it will be based on the nature of your condition and your specific needs. These different speeds and pressures help relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and promote the healing process. They also work to facilitate a contraction (also known as turning a muscle on) or inhibit a muscle (also known as turning a muscle off). This also helps break down adhesions or scars that may have occurred, due to a surgical operation, repetitive use injury, or immobilization. By breaking these down, IASTM allows functional restoration to occur.
If you have been living with a painful and/or limiting condition, IASTM will likely benefit you. Contact HealthQuest Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed Southeast Michigan physical therapists and learn more about what you can gain from this technique!
IASTM has been proven to help with:
- Limited mobility and inflammation
- Elimination of restrictions in tight fascia
- Pain with movement
- Motor control issues
- Muscle recruitment issues
- Development of scar tissue
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reducing the need for medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
- Increased circulation and blood flow to tissues
What conditions can IASTM treat?
You may be wondering if IASTM is right for you. There are a vast number of conditions that IASTM can treat, including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Hip pain
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Chronic joint swelling associated with sprains/strains
- Heel pain/Achilles tendonitis
- Patellar tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Post-surgical and traumatic scars
- Muscle imbalances
- Myofascial pain and restrictions
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Trigger finger
- IT band syndrome
- Shin splints
- Scars (surgical, traumatic)
Contact HealthQuest Physical Therapy to get started:
Do you have one of the conditions listed above? Are you suffering from pain? Are you not able to breeze through your daily tasks anymore? If so, IASTM may be for you. Contact one of our Southeast Michigan physical therapy offices today to request a free appointment and meet with one of our dedicated physical therapists who will determine the best course of treatment for you. Don’t suffer through life any longer – take a stand with physical therapy!