Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization in Port Isabel

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM for short, is a highly-skilled myofascial therapy that is used in soft-tissue care. It is performed by a trained therapist who uses specially crafted steel instruments that have contours that are applied to the body at certain angles and forces to both detect and care for soft tissue. 

How Does IASTM Work?

IASTM works by the instrument being able to break up fascia and scar tissue affecting the muscles. The shape of the instrument when applied with force allows a practitioner to effectively provide care for affected body areas. 

Under a microscope, IASTM is really producing microtrauma to the soft tissue to induce an inflammatory and subsequently promote healing in a particular region. By initiating a recovery response, IASTM can spur the body to focus on a specific area of soft tissue that is attempting to recover from surgery, strain, or other conditions. 

The specific benefits of IASTM have been wide-ranging, from an improved range of motion, an increase in strength, and a decrease in the sensation of pain. Studies have also found that IASTM was able to effectively reduce scar tissue. 

IASTM also helps the practitioner better care for patients by increasing the ability of the therapist to sense the problem with a particular area of soft tissue. By holding the instruments used for therapy, a therapist is better able to feel where there might be irregularities or restricted movement in the affected tissue. 

IASTM in Conjunction with Other Therapies

It is highly advised to combine IASTM with other therapies to maximize the potential benefits.

For example, a way to use IASTM as part of a broader physical therapy routine is as follows:

  • Range of motion reexamination
  • Warm-up
  • IASTM session
  • Stretch session
  • Strength exercises
  • Cooldown

Finding IASTM Near You

If you are interested in seeing if you might benefit from instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, we highly recommend you consider scheduling a consultation with our team. Our highly-trained physical therapists in Port Isabel and Olmito have experience with helping people utilize IASTM as part of a broader physical therapy plan to achieve their health goals. Contact us today if you have any questions about whether IASTM might be the right therapy to help you achieve the lifestyle you’re seeking.

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