What is IASTM?


IASTM - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization - Elite Spine NJ
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IASTM stands for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. IASTM involves using a metal tool to treat the soft tissue injury. It can be used to help alleviate symptoms including limited range of motion, pain during motion and muscle activation issues.

Why is IASTM used for injury?


When scar tissue is created after injury, new cells are laid down excessively and in a disorganized manner. Scar tissue/adhesions prevent the muscle or other tissues from lengthening properly. It is often necessary for the physical therapist to restart the healing process in order to remodel the soft tissues in the affected area. By introducing controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue using IASTM, a local inflammatory response is stimulated. This microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a remodeling of the affected soft-tissue structures. After IASTM treatment, scar tissue can be remodeled so that the cells become organized in a direction that better promotes movement.


At Elite Spine and Sports Care of Totowa, common conditions that are typically treated with IASTM include: tendinopathies, Achilles tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, Rotator cuff injuries and many others.


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