What is IASTM?
IASTM, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation, is a type of soft tissue mobilisation technique applied using a tool or instrument. IASTM is used to treat soft tissue injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons and myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points are taut bands of muscle fibres, or nodules within the tissue. The common misconception is to refer to these as “knots”, however it is physiologically impossible to knot something taut that’s tied at both ends! hey compress underlying tissues which can cause abnormal movement, local and referred tenderness, muscle twitches and reduced range of motion.
How will IASTM help?
IASTM will help you by reducing pain, improving function and increasing range of motion through a deeper approach by precisely locating regions of pathology. It does this by:
- Stimulating a natural healing process
- Reducing fascial adhesions and restrictions
- Promoting tissue repair
- Improving nerve conduction
- Improving fluid circulation
- Mobilising scar tissue
What to expect from an IASTM session?
What conditions can IASTM help?
- Muscle soreness
- Ligament sprains
- Chronic ankle instability
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- ITB syndrome
Why have IASTM vs normal soft tissue massage?
IASTM can be performed as a sole treatment or within a normal soft tissue massage treatment session. It is a more targeted treatment to specifically focus on the injured tissue with the use of a tool.
If you would like to learn more about IASTM or more about what we do in general, please get in touch. Equally, if you would like to book an IASTM session then click here and we would be more than happy to help.
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