The Many Benefits of IASTM

calendar August 12, 2020

If your physical therapist has recommended this type of therapy, you will be happy to know that there are many benefits of IASTM. Do you have pain in your body that doesn’t seem to go away no matter what you try? Do you have scar tissue? Have you had any running injuries or shin splints?

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM, can help to address all of these things and more. IASTM is one method that your physical therapist can use to help increase your healing and recovery. It is a non-invasive, hands-on technique that allows your physical therapist to address areas of pain or areas of tightness in the body that cannot be reached through other manual therapies alone.

IASTM targets the fascia, which is a complicated system made up mostly of tightly connected collagen fibers that weaves itself throughout your entire body. Specially designed instruments made of stainless steel are used in IASTM to work on the fascia.

Benefits of IASTM

Talk to your physical therapist about the many benefits of IASTM, including:

  • Increased collagen production
  • Decreased pain
  • Restoring proper function
  • Speeding up recovery time
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improved mobility
  • Alleviating chronic pain conditions
  • No downtime, you can continue activities as normal

Who should consider IASTM?

If this therapy is right for you, your physical therapist will recommend it as a part of your treatment program. IASTM can be used for a number of pain conditions in the neck, back, feet, hands, wrists, as well as in the joints such as the elbow, shoulder, knees, and ankles. IASTM is also very effective in addressing and reducing scar tissue.

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There are many benefits of IASTM. Your physical therapist can let you know if this type of therapy would be good to incorporate into your program. If you would like to know more about the benefits of IASTM as a way to complete your physical therapy program, contact us at 1-833-861-6161 to find an Empower Physical Therapy location near you.