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. 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. Specific techniques our providers have training in include Graston and FAKTR.
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.