Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

what is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization NYC

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, or IASTM, is a manual treatment technique that allows trained manual therapists (including but not limited to physical therapist) to treat soft tissue injuries, tightness and range of motion limitations due to soft tissue restrictions. While this technique has been around for quite some time, it is gaining popularity in rehabilitation settings. 

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization,  also commonly known as the Graston technique, involves using metal or plastic tools to massage, mobilize and manipulate muscle, tendons and ligaments. The tool is massaged over the skin at different speeds and strengths to target the release of tightness in the muscles and pinpoint the area of muscle restriction. It primarily increases soft tissue mobility by breaking down adhesions and increasing blood flow to the area worked. Essentially, the treatment causes the area being worked on, to spark an inflammatory response that will heal. 

what are the benefits of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?

The benefits of IASTM include:

  • Decreased pain over time

  • Increased mobility

  • Improved range of motion

  • Spark healing activity in the tissues

IASTM is an effective manual therapy treatment used by physical therapists  in acute and chronic conditions. It was developed in the western world in the early 90s specifically to help athletes and athletes in training but has since become more popular amongst the general population due to its effectiveness. 

what conditions are treated with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?

Not every condition warrants the use of IASTM, but some of the most common conditions treated with this technique include:

  • Tendonitis

  • Ligament sprains

  • Myofascial pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Musculoskeletal conditions

Ask your Physical Therapist about Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization in your physical therapy treatment plan of care, or give our doctors a call for a consultation at Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness at 347-560-6920.