What is IASTM?

Instrument Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a form of manual therapy. Our providers use it to detect and treat scar tissue, restrictions, adhesions, trigger points, areas of referred pain, chronic inflammation, and fibrosis. Generally, it’s used by clinicians to treat injuries or discomfort associated with joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves.

Goals of IASTM, similar to other treatments, are to reduce your pain, improve mobility, and restore function that may be lost. It works by encouraging tissue remodeling and promoting a better healing environment in areas of soft tissue injury.

What does IASTM Feel Like?

When our Cary chiropractors use IASTM, patients can typically feel their tissues moving and sliding underneath the instruments. When working on a trigger point or area of fibrotic fascia, there is a “sandpaper” or “gritty” texture to the tissue and the treatment may produce warmth and mild redness. During IASTM Technique treatment patients feel the area releasing, and the tissues typically relax and begin moving better.

Is IASTM Used as a Stand-Alone Treatment?

Shelby Woodbury DC and Mike Woodbury DC use IASTM to treat patients as part of a comprehensive strategy, and typically not as a stand-alone treatment. Other treatments may include chiropractic adjustments, dry needling, and stretching or corrective exercises to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible.

If you’re curious about IASTM and whether it would be an appropriate treatment for you, we offer 10-minute consultations with our providers to answer your questions.