Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

What is instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization?

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is a noninvasive treatment that resolves soft tissue dysfunction using specialized metal tools. The experienced providers have extensive training with the most advanced tools and strategies, including FMT blades, fibrosis release and myofascial stretching (FRAMS), and EDGEility tools. 

Issues like muscle knots and internal scar tissue can lead to soreness, pain, restricted movement, and other problems, but instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization offers effective relief.

Who can benefit from instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization?

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization can help with many different physical problems, such as: 

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle strains
  • Shin splints
  • Ligament sprains
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Surgical scars
  • Traumatic scars

This innovative treatment approach may also help with a number of other soft tissue conditions. 

What happens during instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization?

During instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, the skilled staff at Back To You Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation apply a gel to lubricate the skin and enable smooth movements during treatment. 

Then, they use special metal tools to pull, stretch, and release soft tissue. The specially-designed metal tools can help our team to find the exact area of restriction and then effectively treat it on the spot.  

While there are a variety of approaches in instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, the process generally involves manipulation of the skin, nerves, muscles, and fascia (fibrous connective tissue). Today’s advanced instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques require only gentle force to achieve impressive outcomes. 

The providers use a four-tiered system to cater to individual needs, so they can adapt your treatment based on your physical therapy plan, area of discomfort, comfort level during treatment, and individual needs. 

What are the advantages of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization?

With instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, you can expect a number of beneficial effects, including: 

  • Better range of motion
  • Reduced tenderness and hypersensitivity
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced tightness
  • Improved strength

Many people have instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization as part of their physical therapy program at Back To You Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. This type of treatment can work hand-in-hand with your other therapies to help you recover and return to complete function as soon as possible. 

To learn more about instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, call Back To You Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation to book an appointment today.