Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobility
Now introducing Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobility (I.A.S.T.M.)
What Is a Soft-Tissue Injury?
A soft-tissue injury involves damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons and/or fascia
somewhere in the body. Common soft-tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain,
blow to the body resulting in a contusion (ruptured blood vessels/bruising), or overuse of
a particular body part. Soft tissue injuries can result in pain, swelling, bruising and loss of
function. Adhesions within the soft tissue may develop as a result of repeated strain,
surgery, immobilization or other mechanisms, such as posture.
What Is Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)?
IASTM involves using a range of tools to enable clinicians to efficiently locate and treat
individuals diagnosed with soft-tissue dysfunction. Many different materials have been
used to make the instruments (i.e. wood, ceramics, plastics, stone and stainless steel).
The Graston® Technique is one popular example of IASTM that is used by Line Up Mobility Systems.
Is IASTM appropriate for me?
IASTM can be used to help alleviate the following symptoms:
Pain during motion
Motor control issues (muscle activation/coordination)
Muscle recruitment issues
At Line Up Mobility, common conditions that are typically treated with IASTM include:
tendinopathies, Achilles tendinosis, rotator cuff injuries, IT band syndrome and plantar
fasciitis, among others.