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What is IASTM technique?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) is a manual therapy technique performed with the assistance of handcrafted instruments.

It is a relatively new treatment method that is growing in popularity and allows patients to achieve effective results in a short space of time.

The instruments used by therapists are manufactured from stainless steel and are accurately designed to fit the natural contours of the body.

IASTM is a non-invasive method of treatment and is performed by specially trained therapists to provide specific release to soft tissue structures.

Where did it originate?

There is a lot of history behind the use of handcrafted instruments for helping with soft tissue problems.

Similar instruments were used in ancient years in Greece and Italy for therapeutic reasons in public bathing houses. Further origins of IASTM were the ‘Gua Shua’, which is a Chinese instrument used thousands of years ago to achieve similar results. ‘Gua Shua’ is a Chinese word that refers to the redness of the skin after scraping due to the increase of blood flow.

Modern day methods of IASTM are based upon these principles but with more superiorly designed instruments that are highly versatile at addressing a wide range of different conditions.

The tools used for IASTM treatment. Above: The tools used for IASTM treatment.

What is involved in IASTM treatment?

After a thorough assessment regarding the nature and cause of any symptoms, the therapist will begin to treat the area by performing specific light strokes with the chosen instrument in order to provide release to the structure.

The direction of movement and amount of pressure applied will be dependent upon the type of structure that is being treated and the specific intention of the treatment being provided.

Patients undergoing IASTM treatment often report a ‘soothing’ experience, that can result in swift pain relief and improvement in movement at the region.

What are the benefits?

IASTM is designed to provide symptom relief by:

  • Improving pain
  • Reducing muscle tension
  • Reducing scar tissue adhesions
  • Restoring range of movement
  • Encouraging tissue healing
  • Promote return to activity

What conditions can be treated with IASTM?

  • Lower back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Scar tissue injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Shin splints
  • Trigger finger
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder injuries

If you are intested in IASTM with Physio.co.uk please call 0330 088 7800. Alternatively, book an appointment online.

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