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Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a soft tissue diagnostic and therapeutic method used for outpatient therapy. IASTM is excellent for treating areas exhibiting scar tissue, adhesions, chronic inflammation or soft tissue restriction/injury.

  • The specifically designed stainless steel instruments may enhance the ability to target and treat restriction within affected tissues.
  • Scar tissue that forms in an injured area lacks strength and flexibility and may build up, restricting normal performance of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  • Scar tissue (and/or adhesions) prevent fluid movement of muscles, ligaments and surrounding areas, resulting in pain and stiffness restricting movement.

Common diagnoses for IASTM:IASTM

  • Carpal Tunnel (wrist pain)
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scar Tissue
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)
  • Trigger Points

What to expect:

  • Patients usually receive two treatments per week for four to five weeks.
  • Positive response in most cases after two or three treatments.
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent.
  • The instruments are not meant to replace the therapist’s hands, but rather enhance ability to detect/treat adhesions and soft tissue restrictions.
  • IASTM is generally performed in conjunction with a stretching and strengthening program to optimize healing and provide the best opportunity to return to sport or previous level of activity.

Our Locations

Bon Secours Physical Therapy at Patterson Avenue
9600 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23229
Phone: 804-285-6818
Fax: 804-754-4292
Hours: Monday– Thursday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Physical Therapy and Sports Performance at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
2401 W. Leigh Street, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-325-8812
Fax: 804-213-3892
Hours: Monday– Thursday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am – 1:30 pm
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