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The IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) Technique is an advanced form of myofascial mobilization — similar to deep-tissue massage. It is primarily used to detect and release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions.   IASTM, which was developed by David Graston, is one of the most effective techniques a physical therapist can use to help you get relief from chronic pain. It is a type of soft tissue mobilization technique and manual therapy that involves gently massaging and scraping sections of the skin with special ergonomic stainless steel instruments to help (IASTM).

What Should I Expect During A IASTM Technique Session?

First and foremost, you should be aware that this technique does not cause pain. To make the scar tissue more receptive, areas of soft tissue fibrosis will be relocated at the start of a IASTM Technique procedure. The edge of the stainless steel tool will glide over the affected soft tissue until it comes into contact with an adhesion. Our Agoura Hills, CA physical therapist will then rub the adhesion to encourage movement. This friction will help your soft tissue injury heal faster.

Some of the many benefits include:

  • Breakdown of collagen cross-links

  • Boost in cellular activity for good health

  • Increased rate of volume and blood flow to affected areas to enhance healing

  • Reduction in inflammation

  • Reduction in pain, for a better quality of life

  • Increased mobility and ability to perform daily tasks

Most patients who receive the IASTM technique will have two treatments a week for five weeks. By the third or fourth injection, you should feel better.

How Can The IASTM Technique Help Me?

Lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, quadricep pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and headaches are all conditions that the IASTM Technique can help with.

When your tissues or skin are injured, you may develop adhesions and scar tissue. They can obstruct the proper movement of the underlying body structures. This is the case because adhesions prevent ligaments, tendons, and muscles from moving freely.

Scar tissue is a type of connective fibrous tissue that has a lower blood supply and is less flexible than healthy tissue. It thickens and can form around ligaments, tendons, and muscles following an injury. Soft tissue adhesions form when the tissues clump and stick together. Shin splints, strained hamstrings, and meniscal tears are all injuries that can cause adhesion. The IASTM technique separates muscle fibers, reducing pain and increasing functional mobility.

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