Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)
IASTM tools are specifically shaped metal instruments that are used to glide over the skin with varying angles. The aim of these tools is to improve the health of connective tissues and also joint range of motion. IASTM aids the release of restriction in fascia, and helps the tissues to heal and repair.
The tools work by creating small trauma called a microtrauma at the site being treated, which results in inflammation. This initiates the body’s healing process, resulting in repair of connective tissue, remodelling of the soft tissue and also the break down of adhesions and scar tissues. The process of healing also leads to the formation of new proteins such as collagen, as well as fibroblasts which aids the synthesis of new connective tissue. This results in restored function and health of the soft tissue.
IASTM techniques can be used for pain, injuries and dysfunction in muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues.