Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
This technique was created from the Chinese medicine technique Gua Sha. Which roughly translates to scraping, they believed this technique scraped away disease by bringing it to the surface. IASTM is blend of Gua Sha and James Cyriax (used deep cross friction massage with hands). David Graston started the IASTM movement with his creation of the stainless steel tools see you see above. He was a machinist who developed carpal tunnel from over use of cross friction massage on his knee injury.
What is it?
It is scraping the affected area in multiple directions to break up any adhesions or scar tissue in the fascia; this promotes surface circulation and restoring the movement of fluids (nutrients) carried to area and metabolic waste (toxins) carried away. We aren’t creating capillary hemorrhage (deep, dark red marks). We are performing this technique light but still getting our desired results.
The treatment for this technique 15 min, depending on the area being worked and the tonicity of the affected area. An assessment will be done before to create a protocol, during to check progress, and after to assess the success of. You can add this to any massage session or schedule a 15+ min session solely for this technique with Jeanette!
- Deliberate method of producing micro trauma which causes inflammation to facilitate healing.
- Facilitation of connective tissue (Tendons & ligaments) realignment of the collagen fibers after injury. I.e. Torn MCL, etc…
- Release of soft tissue, adhesions, & fascial restrictions
- Neuromodulation of pain and tone of muscle groups
- Stimulation of the skin and producing a location effect that’s causing the brain to change the way it perceives pain in an area by sending a signal to the brain to change the tone of that area.
Conditions for which IASTM is used:
These are conditions IASTM can treat
- Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral Epicondylitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/ Trigger Finger
- Neck Pain & Back Pain
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/ Patellar Tendinitis/ Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
- Heel Pain/Achilles Tendinitis/ Plantar Fascitis
- Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
- Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
- Musculoskeletal Imbalances
- Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
- Ligament Sprains/ Muscle Strains
- Non-Acute Bursitis
- RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
- Hip Pain (Replacements)/ IT Band Syndrome
- Shin Splints/ Chronic Ankle Sprains/Acute Ankle Sprains (Advanced Technique)
If you have any of these conditions you may NOT receive IASTM
- Compromised tissue integrity (open wound, infection, tumor)
- Active implants (pacemaker, internal defibrillator, picc/pump lines)
- Cervical carotid sinus
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