Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM)

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What is IASTM?

What is IASTM?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) is an advanced technique that utilises specially designed tools to effectively reduce pain and muscle tightness, enhance range of motion, and expedite the recovery process following a soft tissue injury. By targeting and breaking down scar tissue and adhesions, IASTM increases blood flow and nutrient supply to the affected area, promoting faster and more efficient healing.
The method employs a variety of instruments to mobilise myofascial adhesions and scar tissue. This approach improves the movement between the skin, fascia, and underlying muscles by removing these adhesions, which can otherwise impede normal function. Factors such as poor posture, excessive tension, and repetitive overuse from activities like exercise, work, or prolonged sitting can lead to soft tissue injuries, impacting the skin, fascia, tendons, and ligaments.
After an injury occurs, inflammation sets in and the body rapidly produces new cells, forming scar tissue and fibrosis to aid in healing. However, these changes can reduce tissue elasticity and create myofascial adhesions, restricting the flow of oxygen-rich blood and nutrients while hindering the removal of metabolic waste, resulting in persistent pain.
The primary goal of IASTM is to eliminate these myofascial adhesions, restrictions, and scar tissue to restore normal tissue function. The tools used in IASTM not only facilitate this process but also enhance the detection of altered tissue properties. By amplifying the vibrations from the tissue into the instrument, both the therapist and the client can more accurately identify areas of concern.
In addition to treating injuries, IASTM can be beneficial for improving overall mobility and flexibility, making it a valuable component of both rehabilitation and preventive care strategies. By addressing soft tissue dysfunctions early, IASTM helps maintain optimal musculoskeletal health and performance.

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