What is IASTM therapy?
Many people are talking about this new treatment, but what is IASTM therapy? IASTM stands for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, this is a treatment for myofascial restriction.
How does IASTM therapy work?
Several therapists are using the IASTM technique, but how does it work? The IASTM tools can be used on several parts of the body. The tools are used as follows: the therapist applies pressure to the tool and glides across the skin to reach the soft tissue.
The IASTM tools are producing microtrauma to the affected tissue. This microtrauma will stimulate a local inflammatory process. As a result, it initiates reabsorption of unhealthy tissue and promotes tissue remodeling and healthy tissue production.
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What are the benefits of soft tissue mobilization?
First, we have the benefits of IASTM therapy for the physiotherapists. Many therapists use their fingers to apply pressure to the tissue. As a result, many therapists are struggling with common problems like wear and overload. With IASTM therapy these problems can be prevented.
Besides the benefits for physiotherapists there are also several benefits for the clients.
- The therapy can reduce the overall time of treatment
- It allows a faster recovery of rehabilitation
- It reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication
- It can resolve chronic conditions
- Clients can continue to engage in everyday activities
What conditions would benefit from the use of IASTM tools?
There are several conditions which would benefit from this soft tissue massage. Some examples of conditions are shown in the list below:
What IASTM tools are there?
IASTM tools also known as fascia massage tool, fascia release tools, myofascial release tools or deep tissue massage tool come in different sizes and shapes. Depending on the area that needs to be treated and the trigger point the client indicates, the best instrument is chosen. The smaller tools are normally used for treatments of the smaller parts of the body and reaching superficial tissue structures. The larger and heavier tools are used for the treatment of the larger parts of the body and are used to reach deeper.