how iastm works


Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

our philosophy

Chiropractic is founded on the principle that true health comes from within, and can enhance your body’s natural ability to adapt, heal, and move.

iatsm soft tissue mobilization

IASTM helps ease headaches, back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and more.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) helps problems that may be the result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain, or other mechanisms. When scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that needs to move freely, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped.

IASTM has been shown to:

  • Decrease overall time of treatment
  • Facilitate faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduce need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Allow patients to engage in everyday activities

How IASTM Works

The tool is swept across the affected area breaking apart the adhesions. The introduction of controlled microtrauma to the affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling (healing) of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

Common conditions treated with IASTM include:
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Scars (Surgical, Traumatic)
  • Neck Pain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances
  • Trigger Finger
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