Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)

Introduction

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) is a technique that utilises a range of tools to enable clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. The technique itself is a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha. Unlike Gua Sha which was traditionally applied along meridians to move the bad chi out through the skin, IASTM is used to treat Musculoskeletal conditions.

IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation and degeneration. This technique is supplemented with exercises and joint mobilisation designed to correct biomechanical deficiencies by addressing musculoskeletal strength and muscle imbalances.

How does IASTM work?

IASTM works through the break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue.

IASTM triggers the body’s natural healing process by;

  1. Stimulation of a local inflammatory response which,
  2. Initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates healing through,
  3. Remodeling of affected soft (scar) tissue structures.