Hands On Therapy/IASTM
What is it?
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is a manual technique your hand therapist can perform using a plastic or metal tool or “blade.” Your therapist can perform IASTM using a variety of pressures and speeds to help healing and inflammation, facilitate a contraction (turn a muscle on), or inhibit a muscle (turn a muscle off).
How does it work?
Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. (Fascia is a fancy word for connective tissue that goes all over the body). The design of these instruments provides the therapist with the ability to find damaged areas and allows the therapist to treat the area with the appropriate amount of pressure.
The introduction of controlled small tissue damage to the affected muscles, tendons and/or ligaments causes a mild inflammatory response. This starts the natural process of healing. Adhesions (scars) within the tissues which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.
- Limited motion
- pain during motion
- motor control issues
- Muscle recruitment issues
Conditions for which IASTM is usually used:
- Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
- Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
- Muscle Imbalances
- Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Trigger Finger
- Scars (Surgical, Traumatic)
Are you wondering if IASTM is right for you? Contact Hand for Living today at Lynnwood, WA center. Our friendly staff is happy to answer your questions, help you schedule a visit, and educate you about our wide range of physiotherapy services we offer. Drug-free relief from your joint or muscle pain is possible, so make a request to get your healing journey started today.