Included in a Sports Therapy/ injury treatment
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)
IASTM Is a manual therapy technique used to stimulate the nervous system, In turn relaxing the fascia, increasing range of movement and decreasing pain. Fascia is a sheath that is formed beneath the skin to attach, enclose and separate muscle. Fascia can become damaged, tight and congealed due to injury, muscle imbalance, trauma and postural faults. Fascia has been described as a ‘map’ so when one area is congested (or damaged) there can be a huge knock on effect to other areas.
Stimulating the nervous system relaxes the fascia which increases mobility and decreased pain. This treatment is fantastic before activity as huge mobility improvement have been seen. It is also beneficial to both acute and chronic injuries as IASTM can reduce inflammation, decrease pain and improve proprioception of the injured site.
Many believe this technique breaks down scar tissue, effects deep muscles and lengthens tissue, however this technique is a very superficial treatment which stimulates the nervous system to relax fascia, in turn improve mobility.
As the treatment is aiming to stimulate superficial layers, very little pain should be felt during treatment; however it may feel slightly uncomfortable as the adhesions in the tissue can felt.
Fast / feathering techniques: Reduce pain
Slow techniques: Relax
Fluid capture techniques: Drain Swelling
Shearing techniques: Improve mobility