Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation or IASTM is a form of manual therapy that uses specifically designed, medical grade stainless steel tools to break up adhesions and scar tissue in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
The practitioner uses the tool in specific ways to mobilse the soft tissues. These can include scraping which can get a lot of blood and heat into the muscles. This can leave you looking a bit bruised afterwards but generally isn't painful.
IASTM has evolved out of the Chinese Medicine technique of Gua Sha, which involves scraping of the skin to move stagnant blood supply. IASTM has incorporated this technique with modern science and anatomy to improve on it and make it an essential part of musculoskeletal care.
- Scar tissue / Adhesions
- Muscle strains and tears
- Trigger points
- all injuries including lower back, neck, shoulder, arms, elbows, wrists, hips, legs and ankles.