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Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM is a technique in treating soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, tendonitis and other myofascial disorders. The most popular IASTM technique is Graston. Stainless steel instruments are glided over the skin which effectively breaks up scar tissue and myofascial adhesions and reinitiate healing in the body.
Myofascial adhesions occur as a result of injuries. These injuries can be due to acute trauma or repetitive stress. During the healing process the body lays down scar tissue to repair injured tissue. When scar tissue is laid down it is laid down in an erratic pattern and can bind adjacent muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia to each other. This binding of tissue is known as myofascial adhesions which can cause restricted motion and pain.
IASTM allows the chiropractor to locate areas of restriction and adhesions within the tissue and break it up and at the same time re-initiate the healing process. IASTM is one of the tools that our chiropractor uses in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments to heal patients.