IASTM? Sounds something like a computer part. Actually it’s an ancient form of massage that has had a resurgence among health practitioners, particularly lately in the US.
Several of our physical therapists at Alpine Physical Therapy are skilled in the application of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).
Although the treatment may be somewhat uncomfortable at first, it is highly effective in releasing tissue adhesions and scar tissue that contribute to tendonitis, chronic pain, and sport- or work-related injuries.
The original form of IASTM has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Gua Sha, as it is called, involves use of the edge of an object such as a coin, a spoon, or piece of horn or jade to “scrape” along the skin.
Similarly, our use of IASTM involves use of a precision tool to stroke along the involved area. The repeated action of gliding the tool along the sore area helps to improve lymphatic drainage, improve mobility in the soft tissues, and improve blood flow.
The objectives of this form of treatment are as follows:
- Break down scar within the tissues
- Promote blood flow into the sore area
- Establish healing in damaged tissues
- Release adhesions within the layers of tissue
- Improve lymphatic circulation
Brace Hayden, DPT oversees our use of IASTM at Alpine. Take a moment to view his discussion of this form of treatment. Click on the video player below to view.