Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) used on patient's hand Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) used on patient's hand

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation or IASTM, is a non-invasive treatment option to resolve pain, tightness and musculoskeletal dysfunctions in the body. This treatment approach is a type of myofascial release used to focus on the facia in the body and allowing greater slide and glide to the tissues. Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation utilizes a stainless steel instrument that detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration.

Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation instruments make it easier to detect and treat fascial dysfunction. They magnify the abnormalities (scars, restrictions and adhesions) in the fascia and make it easier to locate the area to treat. Using a tool focuses the force through an area smaller than your finger with less friction which allows a more efficient treatment. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response. This will stimulate the production of new collagen and tissue repair.
There are many different types of IASTM out there, for example Graston, FAKTR, hawkgrips, etc all of them base their concepts on identifying adhesions/soft tissue dysfunction and regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.) by eliminating or reducing unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. IASTM treatment is highly effective for restoring movement and reducing pain from soft tissue injury/dysfunction, and IASTM even works when other approaches routinely fail.

Benefits of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation:

Stimulates inflammatory healing response

Speeds up recovery

Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication

Breaks up abnormal densities in tissues

Stimulates nervous system

Common Complaints Treated with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation:

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)

  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)

  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)

  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)

  • Heel Pain/Achilles Tendinitis

  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome

  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars

  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions

  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)

  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

  • Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)

  • IT Band Syndrome

  • Scar Tissue

  • Trigger Finger

  • Shin Splints

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation in Bellevue, NE

Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation is one of the services our Chiropractors at Behm Muscle & Joint Clinic in Bellevue, NE are trained in to provide. If you are dealing with any of the conditions listed above or are interested in learning if instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation would be a good treatment for your condition do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with us or call the clinic at 402-292-1450. New patients are always welcome at Behm Muscle & Joint Clinic in Bellevue, NE.

Content written by Dr. Adam Behm, DC, CCSP®

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