This ancient technique is great for treating both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. It assists in reducing adhesions and increases healing rates of targeted tissue. Pressure is applied to
muscles and tendons with smooth, surgical stainless steel tools for the purpose of achieving a musculoskeletal and/or neurological change.
During standard massage techniques, PTs use their hands so that there is direct, skin-to-skin contact. During an IASTM treatment, a physical therapist uses a metal or plastic tool to provide soft
tissue massage and mobilization.
This tool is gently (or vigorously) scraped and rubbed over the skin. The rubbing of the instrument is used to locate and release tightness in the fascial system—the collagen covering the