Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is a form of manual therapy that we use daily at Spawell. It is an approach that uses instruments with a specialized form of gentle scanning and scraping of scar tissue.
Why is scar tissue a problem?
Scar tissue limits range of motion due its negative impact on sensory motor firing rates and frequencies. Abnormal sensory inputs perpetuate a dysfunctional cycle of nervous system sensitization, pain and dysfunctional movement/motor output. IASTM offers a positive method of manual therapy that interrupts and breaks this cycle of pain and dysfunctional movement.
How is scar tissue different than other forms of tissue?
When viewed under a microscope, normal tissue can be organized in a couple of different fashions: dense, regular elongated fibers running in the same direction, such as tendons and ligaments; or dense and loose, irregular with fibers running in multiple directions. In either instance, when tissue is damaged, it will often heal in a fibrotic, haphazard manner and may appear radio-dense under diagnostic ultrasound. The tissue may show thickening, irregular organization or less precise margins as compared to non-injured tissues, which results in a restricted range of motion and, very often, pain and functional limitations.
How are IASTM instruments used?
IASTM instruments are used first to enhance your trained therapist's ability to detect soft tissue lesions, scar tissue/fibrosis or restrictions in the affected areas. Your therapist will use stainless steel instruments to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are then used to address and treat the abnormal tissue. When IASTM is combined with traditional massage therapy and bodywork pain free function is often restored.
Altogether, IASTM promotes a better healing environment for the injured and/or dysfunctional soft tissue. Our therapists are trained in the use of the three top professional IASTM brands on the market today: Graston Technique Tools, Hawkgrips, and Rockblade. There is no additional charge for IASTM for any massage/bodywork treatment. You can simply select this therapy as ADD-ON when you book online.