Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) 

 

 

What is IASTM?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM is a skilled intervention that includes the use of specialized tools to manipulate the skin, fascia, muscles, and tendons by various direct compressive stroke techniques. Rebound has physical therapists certified in both Graston and RockBlades techniques.

 

Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with IASTM.

 

Additionally, athletes around the country benefit from IASTM treatment before and after competitions and races to improve flexiblity and decrease pain.  

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Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.

The introduction of controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodelling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

How can I get IASTM?

Rebound has certified IASTM practitioners on staff at our South Clinic.

Please call 907-341-5555 to set up an appointment with one of our specialists.