Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Centers of Excellence
IASTM Technique

IASTM involves using a range of tools to enable clinicians to efficiently locate and treat
individuals diagnosed with soft-tissue dysfunction. Many different materials have been
used to make the instruments, though they are most commonly metal. When scar tissue is created after
injury, new cells are laid down excessively and in a disorganized manner. Scar
tissue/adhesions prevent the muscle or other tissues from lengthening appropriately. It is
often necessary for the physical therapist to restart the healing process in order to
remodel the soft tissues in the affected area. By introducing controlled microtrauma to
affected soft tissue using IASTM, a local inflammatory response is stimulated. This
microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate or excessive scar tissue and
facilitates a remodeling of the affected soft-tissue structures. After IASTM treatment,
scar tissue can be remodeled so that the cells become organized in a direction that
better promotes movement.

IASTM can be used to help alleviate the following symptoms:

  • Limited motion
  • Pain during motion
  • Motor control issues (muscle activation/coordination)
  • Muscle recruitment issues

Common conditions that can be treated using this technique include: tendinopathies, Achilles tendinosis, rotator cuff injuries, IT band syndrome and plantar fasciitis, and many others.

All locations can provide IASTM Services.