IASTM Cedar Grove, NJ Physical Therapy Technique

IASTM

What is it?

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is a manual technique your physical therapist can perform using a plastic or metal tool or “blade.” Your physical therapist can perform IASTM using a variety of pressures and speeds to help healing and inflammation, facilitate a contraction (turn a muscle on), or inhibit a muscle (turn a muscle off).

How does it work?

Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. (Fascia is a fancy word for connective tissue that goes all over the body). The design of these instruments provides the physical therapist with the ability to find damaged areas and allows the physical therapist to treat the area with the appropriate amount of pressure.

The introduction of controlled small tissue damage to the affected muscles, tendons and/or ligaments causes a mild inflammatory response. This starts the natural process of healing. Adhesions(scars) within the tissues which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

Indications

  • Limited motion
  • pain during motion
  • motor control issues
  • Muscle recruitment issues

Conditions for which IASTM is usually used:

  • Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
  • Muscle Imbalances
  • Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Bursitis
  • Back Pain
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hip Pain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Chronic Ankle Sprains
  • Scars (Surgical, Traumatic)

Are you suffering from a soft tissue injury? Do you have a sports injury or injury from a car accident? Do you have scars or adhesions that are causing pain and limiting your movement? Contact us at Cedar Grove, NJ center and learn how the IASTM can get you on the road to recovery. Our physical therapists are trained and experienced in this technique. Meet with us for a one-on-one consultation and comprehensive evaluation. Our goal is to help you live life to the fullest and without pain. We are committed to helping you heal.