Have you ever heard of IASTM? It stands for Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and it’s a therapeutic technique that has been gaining popularity in recent years. One of our talented RMT’s, Zam Ramirez explains:
IASTM involves the use of specialized tools to help treat soft tissue injuries, including muscle strains, ligament sprains, and tendinitis. In this blog, we’ll dive deeper into what IASTM is, how it works, and the benefits it can provide.
What is IASTM?
IASTM is a form of manual therapy that utilizes specialized tools made of stainless steel, plastic, or other materials. These tools are designed to help break down adhesions and scar tissue in soft tissue structures. Adhesions are fibrous bands that form between tissues and limit the range of motion, while scar tissue is the result of the healing process after an injury. Both can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
How does IASTM work?
During any massage therapy session, IASTM can be applied. Zam will use a tool to apply pressure and friction to the affected area. The goal is to break up adhesions and scar tissue and promote the healing process. This requires moving the tool in a circular or back-and-forth motion, applying varying degrees of pressure depending on the patient’s tolerance and the severity of the injury.
Benefits of IASTM
IASTM can provide a number of benefits for patients with soft tissue injuries. Some of the most notable benefits include:
- Improved range of motion: By breaking down adhesions and scar tissue, IASTM can help improve joint mobility and range of motion.
- Reduced pain: Soft tissue injuries can cause significant pain and discomfort. IASTM can help alleviate this pain by reducing inflammation and promoting the healing process.
- Faster recovery: IASTM can help speed up the healing process by increasing blood flow and promoting the growth of new tissue.
- Non-invasive: Unlike surgical procedures, IASTM is a non-invasive technique that does not require any incisions or anesthesia.
Who can benefit from IASTM?
IASTM can be beneficial for a wide range of patients, including athletes, people with chronic pain, and those recovering from surgery or injury. It is particularly effective for soft tissue injuries such as muscle strains, ligament sprains, and tendinitis.
Is IASTM safe?
IASTM is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed therapist. However, as with any form of manual therapy, there are some risks involved. Patients may experience bruising, soreness, or redness in the treated area following an IASTM session. It is important to discuss any concerns with your therapist and follow their instructions for aftercare.