Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizationInstrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is an effective manual therapy treatment to help relieve pain from soft-tissue injuries.  Physical therapists use specially designed tools to help remodel scar tissue, increase range of motion and decrease pain.  There are multiple types of IASTM products including ASTYM, Hawkgrips and Graston Technique.  Despite their differences each technique is designed to improve blood flow and scar tissue mobility, decrease muscle spasms and improve healing.

A trained clinician will use a specially designed tool to help assist with treatment over areas within the muscle, tendon or scar tissue.  This type of treatment will enhance healing and help improving the flow of fluid in and around the painful area.  Patients can expect improvement of function after one to four treatments.

Patients with a wide variety of symptoms related to chronic pain, muscle spasm or scar tissue build up may benefit from IASTM.

Common diagnosis treated with IASTM are: