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The Benefits of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

The Benefits of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Clinical Benefits:

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved strength
  • Reduced scar tissue

Cellular Benefits:

  • Increased fibroblast proliferation
  • Reduction in scar tissue
  • Increased vascular response
  • Remodeling of unorganized collagen fiber matrix

Benefits to the Provider:

  • Gives a mechanical advantage, preventing over-use to the hands


How does IASTM work: Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The instruments allow the clinician to effectively locate areas of restriction in the tissues and treat that area with the appropriate amount of pressure. The process of IASTM introduces controlled microtrauma to the affected soft tissue, in turn stimulating a local inflammatory response. This microtrauma also initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures.


**Information gathered from: Physiopedia. (n.d.). Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. Retrieved from https://www.physio-pedia.com/Instrument_Assisted_Soft_Tissue_Mobilization