IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation) is an innovative technique used to treat soft tissue injuries and reduce pain. By gently but firmly applying instruments to the skin, this technique helps restore mobility, flexibility, and strength to the affected areas as well as promoting an accelerated healing process.
There are various tools used for IASTM such as metal combs, scrapers, rods, forks (also known as “Graston”), rollers, etc. These tools vary in size so they can be adapted easily for different sizes of body parts depending on what area needs treatment.
IASTM uses instruments with specific edges that help break up scar tissue or adhesions while creating a gentle stretching effect on soft tissues. This facilitates greater blood flow and collagen production which helps muscles operate more efficiently. The increased circulation also speeds up recovery and reduces inflammation which decreases pain quickly.
Before beginning treatment with any instrument assisted device it’s important that you know your patient’s individual needs as well as understanding proper techniques for applying pressure. Additionally, it’s important to know the proper amount of pressure that should be applied and when to stop treatment if necessary.
IASTM has been used successfully for a variety of conditions including plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendonopathy, patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy and many more. Studies have shown that patients experience significant reductions in pain following treatment with IASTM instruments.
he benefits associated with using IASTM techniques are numerous and include improved flexibility, increased range of motion, reduced inflammation and stiffness, improved soft tissue health, and decreased pain. Additionally, the treatments are relatively quick which makes them ideal for busy practitioners or those in need of immediate relief.
IASTM is a safe, effective tool for treating soft tissue injuries and dysfunction that can be used by practitioners at any level. With its ability to quickly reduce inflammation as well as improve mobility and strength, it’s an ideal option for those seeking relief from their symptoms. It may also help speed up recovery time so that patients can get back to doing what they love sooner rather than later. By incorporating this technique into your practice or treatment plan, you can ensure that you are providing your clients with the best care possible.
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