Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a form of soft tissue treatment that has been used for centuries, which is mostly known as the successor to Gua Sha, as it has been practiced in China since many centuries ago. It is a soft tissue technique that enables the therapist to detect and treat myofascial restrictions to improve range of motion (ROM) and decrease pain in the affected area. A tool with a non-bladed edge is used to scrape the skin on the affected and related areas, which causes an inflammatory response, activating the release of blood flow in order to promote healing. The tools in China were traditionally made of jade, stone, porcelain or animal horns. The current practice of IASTM uses tools made of stainless steel, such as the EDGE tool or HawkGrips, which are the tools of choice in our clinic.