Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation

What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation?


Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) creates change in soft tissues. Although new to most patients, IASTM has been used for 2000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) calls it Gus Sha.

How it’s performed

IASTM is performed with tools made from stone, plastic or surgical steel. Devices made from surgical steel tend to be more popular with medical practitioners. The devices are ergonomically designed in shape and size and specific to the region of the body being treated.

IASTM is used to treat fascial restrictions, commonly called scar tissue. IASTM can be used as an effective modality within a patient’s treatment plan to improve joint range of motion and reduce pain during movement.

Additionally, IASTM may help improve muscle motor control and muscle recruitment. These are factors that may affect someone’s strength and quality of movement.

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