I became interested in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) after seeing the benefits clients received from it after just one session. So I had it done on myself and became a believer too. That’s when I began learning about the application of the technique and it’s usefulness. A combination of hands-on massage with IASTM is a powerful combination for breaking down adhesions within the soft tissue that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, or repetitive strain and allowing the client to regain function.
Why should you have IASTM done?
In a session, I will use a stainless steel hand-held tool to break down the scar tissue and fascial restrictions in soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves) causing a microtrauma. The term microtrauma sounds worse than it really is. Essentially I am stimulating a local inflammatory response which initiates the breakdown of scar tissue and allows the body to perform its healing process of sending blood and its healing agents to the area. Much like what’s happening in a deep tissue, myofascial or a trigger point session.
What should you expect?
The IASTM method is a very precise direct controlled approach to breaking down scar tissue. The sensation can be intense. And, if you’re one to bruise easily then you can expect bruising to occur.
It is a safe and effective approach to breaking down scar tissue and allowing the healing process to occur. This technique is also known as Gua Sha, coining, scraping and Graston Technique. IASTM is the foundation of all these branded terms.