Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is used to create change in soft tissues.
Although new to most patients, IASTM has been used for 2000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) calls it Gus sha.
How it’s performed
IASTM is performed with tools made either from stone, plastic or surgical steel. Tools made from surgical steel tend to be more popular with medical practitioners. The tools are ergonomically designed in shape, size and specific to the region of the body being treated.
IASTM is used to treat fascial restrictions, which are commonly called scar tissue. IASTM can be used as an effective modality within a patient’s treatment plan, to improve joint range of motion, and reduce pain during motion.
Additionally, IASTM may help improve muscle motor control, and muscle recruitment. These are factors that may affect someone’s strength and quality of movement.