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    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 that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain, or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.


    • Limited motion
    • Pain during motion
    • Motor control issues
    • Muscle recruitment issues

    Conditions for which IASTM is usually used:

    Are you wondering if IASTM is right for you? Contact us at Johnston, Des Moines & Ankeny, IA centers today. Our friendly staff is happy to answer your questions, help you schedule an appointment, and educate you about our wide range of physiotherapy services we offer. Drug-free relief from your joint or muscle pain is possible, so make a request to get your healing journey started today.