Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization  

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM, is the use of tools (rather than the therapists hands) for manual therapy interventions, specifically geared towards breaking down chronic scar adhesions and fascial plane restrictions.  Some IASTM tools may include Gua-Sha, cupping, FRAMS, kinesiology taping or use of a mobilization wedge.  These other manual therapy tools can help further improve tissue mobility, blood flow, reduce swelling and improve joint movement. The use of IASTM is another tool in the physical therapist’s toolkit to help jumpstart the functional restoration processes.