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Instrument Assisted Massage

The latest technique in soft tissue mobilization that has combined the engineering behind tool making and massage.

In the last post the problems associated with fascia within the human body was discussed. It was proposed that foam rolling was the answer to those lingering niggles, however it is now coming to the light that there is another technique more direct and accurate. This technique is instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.

This method involves a trained clinician applying a metal instrument to the soft tissue, in either a parallel or perpendicular fashion to the muscle fibers. The idea behind this is to execute multiple micro-traumas within the tissue to initiate an inflammatory response. This is useful as there is an influx of blood, which allows more collagen to be produced, enhancing the recovery of the muscle and ultimately producing better quality tissue.

Benefits of IASTM

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Allows faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Clients can continue to engage in everyday activities

Common Issues Treated

  • 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)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Finger
  • Shin Splints
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