Chiropractors often utilize instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization therapy (IASTT) when managing certain conditions as part of their treatment plans. We often get questions about how IASTM works, and to whom it may benefit.
What is IASTT/IASTM?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Therapy is an evidence informed approach to the management of soft tissue conditions. Practitioners will use a stainless steel tool to work on any areas they feel demonstrate scar tissue or restrictions within the fascia and underlying soft tissue. With the specifically designed tools which have bevelled edges, your chiropractor effectively detects and treats areas which may have tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. In conjunction with exercises and other therapies it can decrease your overall healing time and assist in resolving chronic inflammatory concerns.
What types of conditions can be treated with IASTT?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy is well researched, and is known to help improve range of motion and improve soft tissue healing and repair. We can treat a wide range of conditions with IASTT, often in cases of ligament/tendon/muscle injury or nerve entrapment conditions. Some examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, knee injury/inflammation, and shoulder injuries.
Case example: Ankle Inversion Sprain
Following an ankle sprain, your chiropractor may utilize instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization to aid in the healing process of the ligaments and other soft tissues within the ankle. Your injured ligaments are mobilized with the metal tool to decrease inflammation and decrease the development of tissue fibrosis. The tool is strategically run along the ligaments and through surrounding soft tissue as part of the treatment. This technique is usually part of a larger treatment plan which would also include rehabilitative exercises, and may also be done as the patient moves the ankle through weighted/unweighted ranges of motion. Generally, some soreness or short term aggravation of symptoms may be felt following treatment, however a quicker resolution of pain and increase in function is to be expected.
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