What is IASTM?
Instrument-assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is on the rise among health care practitioners, especially in Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. Graston Technique, the most well-known IASTM intervention, is used by more than 16,000 clinicians worldwide.
IASTM has two main functions: breaking up abnormal densities in tissue, such as scar tissue, and reinitiating first-stage healing in the body. It can help relieve chronic pain in muscles and tendons, improve the range of motion of long-restricted joints, and re-align scar tissues from the previous injury.
Evergreen Rehab & Wellness clinicians provide IASTM treatments with Smart Tools-Plus and RockBlade by RockTape, cutting-edge IASTM brands.
What is the Purpose of IASTM?
IASTM is among the popular treatment option for myofascial restriction. It is used to eliminate scar tissue from damaged soft tissues by building new extracellular matrix proteins such as collagen through specially designed instruments.
What are the conditions treated with IASTM?
Among the common conditions that can benefit from IASTM are the following:
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Runner’s Knee
- Shin splints
- Post-surgical scars
- IT Band Syndrome
- Joints or Muscle Restrictions
- Chronic joint swelling related to sprains or strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscular Strains
- Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
- Scar Tissue formation
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Hip Pain
- And any chronic musculoskeletal pain
What are the Benefits of IASTM?
As IASTM aims to break down the adhesions or scars that can occur due to surgical operation, repetitive use injury, or immobilization, it can help to provide an array of benefits.
IASTM can provide the following benefits:
- Increase collagen production
- Decrease the pain
- Quicker rehabilitation and recovery
- Reduce Inflammation
- Improved mobility
- Get relief with chronic pain
- Restore proper function of Injured Areas
It focuses on specific areas to alleviate rigidity and enhance the range of motion.
How Does IASTM Decrease Pain?
By using specially designed, medical-grade stainless steel tools, IASTM can help break up scar tissues and improve the function of affected areas of the body. Scar tissue formation can affect how the muscles and tendons work, and breaking up this scar tissue can help improve flexibility and movement while decreasing the pain.
Is IASTM Ideal for my Condition?
If you have common conditions mentioned above, anyone with soft-tissue pain or injuries can benefit from IASTM. Also, to know if IASTM is ideal for you, you need to undergo a thorough assessment. Our Chiropractors in Coquitlam and Surrey are trained to assess if IASTM can help your condition.
However, there are some conditions where IASTM is not ideal such as having an active form of cancer, bone fracture, diabetic neuropathy, and many others.