Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization- Heel Better and Recover Faster

By: Molly Foreman PT, DPT

NovaCare LogoWhat is Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)?
IASTM is a soft tissue mobilization approach that utilizes a series of instruments designed to treat the specific curvilinear lines of the muscles. IASTM includes a variety of specific approaches, including: Graston Technique, ASTYM, SASTM and Gua Sha. The instruments utilized in these techniques aid the clinician in the detection and treatment of soft tissue dysfunction. When this advanced technique is combined with rehabilitative exercises, improved musculoskeletal function is facilitated.

How do the instruments work?
IASTM instruments allow for dysfunction in the muscle and surrounding soft tissue to be detected and amplified, similar to the effects of a stethoscope on a heartbeat.  This amplification allows the therapist to not only diagnose the involved tissue faster, but is also decreases the treatment time required to effectively treat the involved area, facilitating a faster return to function.

What can IASTM effectively treat?
IASTM has been shown to be an effective treatment option for those suffering with multiple acute and chronic diagnoses, including: tendinopathies, fascial syndromes, ligament pain syndromes, edema, scar tissue/ adhesions and entrapment syndromes.  More specific to runners, IASTM can effectively treat: achilles and patellar tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, tibialis tendinosis (shin splints), compartment syndromes, ankle sprains, muscle strains and nerve entrapments.

What can I expect after IASTM treatment?
Upon completion of IASTM, the client can expect improved and often times maximized ROM and flexibility in the absence of pain, decreased and often times abolished pain that was occurring with functional activity and/ or rest, as well as decreased palpable tissue texture abnormalities and the breaking down of scar tissue.

Where can I start IASTM treatment?
If you are interested in healing better, recovering faster and getting back on your feet for training, NovaCare Rehabilitation has several clinics offering IASTM!

Andersonville (773) 784-9406
DePaul (773)525-4966
East Lakeview (773) 248-3401
Elgin (847) 742-7772
Elmhurst (630) 279-4852
Gurnee (847) 336-7468
Lake in the Hills (847) 854-9754
Lake Zurich (847) 726-8456
Lakeview (773)281-4220
Lincoln Park Athletic Club (773)248-2578
Lincoln Park/FFC (312) 337-3673
Lincoln Square (773)989-6472
Loop/ Millenium Park (312)346-2539
McHenry (815) 344-1919
Mt. Prospect (847) 398-1775
Oakbrook Terrace (630) 889-8125
Oak Park- FFC (708)383-3897
Palatine (847) 934-7330
South Loop (312)583-1220
Tinley Park (708) 429-4814
Union Station (312)407-0143
West Loop (312)234-9958
Wicker Park (773)278-9050

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