Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM is applied using instruments that are typically made of stainless steel with beveled edges and contours that can conform to different body anatomical locations and allows for a more targeted form of deep tissue therapy. Adhesions in soft tissue often develop as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms. By utilizing these tools, we are able to inflict controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue structures, causing the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures.