+ What Is IASTM?

IASTM stands for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. This is a new range of tool which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. The technique itself is said to be a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called "Gua Sha." IASTM is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency while remaining non-invasive.

IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial (connective tissues) restrictions, encourage rapid localization and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis/adhesion, “knots”, chronic inflammation, or degeneration. As in any Manual Therapy treatment ,supplementation with corrective exercise and additional modalities can increase outcomes.

+ How Does It Work?

Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure. The introduction of controlled micro-trauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response.

Micro-trauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in the remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

+ Indications

  • Limited motion
  • Pain during motion
  • Motor control issues
  • Muscle recruitment issues

+ Conditions For Which IASTM Is Usually Used

  • Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
  • Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
  • DeQuervain's Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances
  • Chronic Joint Swelling
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Non-Acute Bursitis
  • Back Pain
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hip Pain (Replacements)
  • T Band Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Chronic Ankle Sprains
  • Acute Ankle Sprains (Advanced Technique)
  • Scars (Surgical, Traumatic)

Reference: http://www.physio-pedia.com/Instrument_Assisted_Soft_Tissue_Mobilization

Treatment Plan and Pricing:

IASTM treatment at Physical Medicine of Oklahoma ranges from one to four visits per affected area for best results. Cost is $40 per treatment and takes less than ten minutes. Package deals for eight to twelve visits can be purchased at $35 per treatment. The package deals are only applicable for the purchaser and not transferable.