Specialized metal instruments used to treat soft tissue restrictions to decrease pain and improve function
IASTM assists with pain reduction and improved movement.
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a method where physical therapists precisely detect and treat fascial (connective tissue supporting various parts of the body) restrictions as well as muscle and tendon dysfunctions.
Graston Technique, used by Davis PTSR, is an evidenced-based form of IASTM. The crux of the treatment is the use of specialized metal instruments that find soft tissue restrictions, scar tissue, adhesions, or other fascial anomalies. Once these areas are identified, the use of specialized techniques with the instruments are performed. The goal of the treatment is to provide decreased pain and increased range of motion in the fibers, ultimately resulting in improved functional ability.
Patients are often surprised how much better they feel after only a few sessions. The treatment length is dependent upon the area that needs to be addressed and can vary from a few minutes to 20 minutes if the area is large. The various shapes and angles on the instruments allow almost any area of the body to be addressed with IASTM/Graston Techniques. The body part to be treated can be put in varying positions to best allow the restricted fibers to be addressed most effectively.
The use of the instruments is only part of the overall treatment. Before ever touching the patient, the therapist will educate the patient on the indications for using IASTM/Graston Technique, as well as what to expect during and after the treatment. After the IASTM has been performed, exercises or stretches are often used to take advantage of the newly gained range of motion. Resistance work can also be prescribed to strengthen muscles in a newly gained motion that is now less painful.
IASTM/Graston Technique, for many of our patients, is a valuable therapeutic tool that our certified therapists can expertly use to assist our patients’ return to their full potential as quickly, safely, and painlessly as possible. If you have any questions about how IASTM can be used as part of your treatment plan, please call our office for information or to book an appointment.