IASTM Glendale, AZ


What is IASTM?

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization practitioners use certain hand tools in order to mobilize soft tissue in various parts of the body. By using these instruments, licensed physical therapists break up the fascial restrictions and scar tissue that creates pain and stiffness.

The application of  IASTM on problematic tissue is designed to be part of the overall physical therapy session, which starts with a warm up prior to the use of the tools. Flexibility, strength building, and the all-important ice pack, generally finishes up the IASTM treatment.

What tools are used in the IASTM?

Typically, handheld stainless steel tools are part of the IASTM method, all with different angles and edges that target different areas of the body. The IASTM tools first help identify areas needing treatment, by allowing the physical therapist to both feel a “graininess” through the tool which indicates scar tissue, as well as to see patterns of redness which further pinpoints the areas needing treatment.

Next, the tools are used to actually treat the problematic areas. Using a variety of these small, hand-held steel tools, the physical therapist then breaks up the scar tissue, by simply rubbing it back and forth along the affected area.

What conditions does IASTM treat?

Many of the very health issues for which people seek physical therapy stem — at least in part — from fascial restrictions and a buildup of scar tissues. For that reason, a broad range of conditions may be helped by IASTM. including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis elbow
  • Lower back pain
  • Cervical pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Knee disorders
  • IT band syndrome
  • Post-joint replacement scarring
  • Post-mastectomy scarring
  • Post-Caesarean scarring

If you’re interested in learning more about the IASTM treatment method and whether it can ease your pain and stiffness, contact our specially licensed staff today. For more information, Contact us at Glendale, AZ center.


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