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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)


IASTM Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation

IASTM is an increasingly popular, simple and non-invasive form of manual therapy to manipulate or mobilise soft tissue structures of your body. The therapy is non-aggressive, yet effective, and can be applied either alone or in conjunction with massage techniques and supplementary exercises.

IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that help me detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localisation and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration. 

The introduction of controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodelling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilisation, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

IASTM helps

  • Increase in range of motion

  • Increase in blood flow

  • Decrease pain

It can also help improve

  • Back pain

  • Tennis elbow

  • Chronic ankle pain

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Post-surgical and traumatic scards

  • Myofascial pain and restrictions

  • Musculoskeletal pain and restrcitions

  • IT Band Syndrome

  • Shin Splints

James Hurst providing IASTM technique to a client's shoulder
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