What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation?

Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a technique that utilizes a set of handheld instruments to effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The instruments are designed to induce controlled microtrauma to the affected soft tissue(s), which initiates reabsorption of excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities. This results in remodeling of soft tissue structures.

 

Why is Seeking Treatment So Important?

Adhesions and scar tissue within the soft tissue often develop as a result of trauma, surgery, immobilization, repetitive strain, or sustained tension. Scar tissue restricts motion, weakens tissue and may entrap nerves. Effective treatment of scar tissue will restore motion, strengthen tissue integrity and reduce or eliminate symptoms. Depending on the specific tissue involved in a particular case these instruments may be more effective than the hands of the practitioner.

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Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM) is a technique used to treat muscle and connective tissue. Treatment with this method increases bloodflow and promotes healing in the treatment region. Specific techniques our providers have training in include Graston and FAKTR.