Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) – The Graston Technique

What is it?shoulder foot

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization allows clinicians to efficiently locate and treat soft tissue (muscular/tendonis) dysfunctions. It is performed using an ergonomically designed stainless steel tool with specific “edges” to treat almost any part of the body. This instrument detects and treats fascial restrictions, encourages rapid localization and treatment of soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, and/or degeneration.

How does it work?

The instrument will effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue by inducing controlled micro-trauma that will stimulate the local inflammatory response. This micro-trauma will initiate reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitate a cascade of healing calfactivities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures and therefore reducing muscle tension. The adhesions in the soft tissue may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms.

Common Injuries that benefit from IASTM

Tennis elbow, medial/lateral epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis, neck pain, rotator cuff tendinitis, patellar tendinitis, heel pain, Achilles tendinitis, post-surgical and traumatic scars, edge tool 2ligament sprains, chronic ankle sprains, trigger finger, IT band syndrome, shin splints, and many other muscle strains.

Visit Dr. Aleem Remtulla today for a consultation and treatment using IASTM.

Wahab MK, Lowe T, Ritchie L. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilzation. Physiopedia.