At Breakthru Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to offering the latest and most effective treatments to ensure our patients achieve the best possible outcomes. Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a revolutionary approach that has transformed the rehabilitation process for many of our clients. Mount Holly, New Jersey, residents can experience the many benefits of IASTM as a part of their expert physical therapy care at Breakthru in nearby Hainesport, NJ.
What is IASTM?
IASTM is a therapeutic technique used to enhance the healing process of soft tissue injuries. Therapists use specially designed tools to stimulate the body’s healing response by applying gentle pressure and strokes to affected areas. This technique is particularly effective for muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.
The principle behind IASTM is based on the concept of mechanotransduction, which involves the conversion of mechanical pressure into cellular responses. When the tools are applied to the skin, they create micro-traumas in the soft tissues. Although this might sound counterintuitive, these controlled micro-traumas stimulate the body’s inflammatory response, which promotes healing. The process helps to break down scar tissue, facilitate the reabsorption of fibrotic tissues, and encourage the remodeling of unorganized collagen fibers in the injured area.
The Benefits of IASTM
IASTM can benefit many patients, from athletes looking to enhance their performance and recovery times to individuals recovering from surgery or injury. It’s also effective for those suffering from chronic conditions that affect the soft tissues. The benefits of this technique include:
- Enhanced Healing: By increasing blood flow and cellular activity in the treated area, IASTM accelerates the healing process, helping patients recover more quickly from injuries.
- Pain Reduction: IASTM reduces pain associated with soft tissue injuries by disrupting pain receptors and releasing endorphins. It also decreases overall tissue sensitivity.
- Increased Mobility: By breaking down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, IASTM improves range of motion and flexibility, allowing patients to move more freely and with less discomfort.
- Reduced Inflammation: The technique promotes lymphatic drainage and reduces inflammation, which is crucial for healing and reducing pain.
- Versatility: IASTM can be used for various conditions, including tendonitis, sprains, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis, making it a versatile tool in a physical therapist’s arsenal.
The IASTM Process at Breakthru
At Breakthru Physical Therapy, the IASTM process begins with a thorough evaluation by one of our skilled therapists. Once a condition has been identified as a good candidate for IASTM, the therapist will use the instruments to massage and scrape the skin over the affected area gently. The treatment is typically not painful and lasts only a few minutes per session. Most patients will require multiple sessions to see optimal results, and IASTM is often used in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques for maximum benefit.
Get Started Today!
We are proud to offer IASTM as part of Breakthru Physical Therapy’s comprehensive approach to rehabilitation and recovery. Whether you’re an athlete, recovering from an injury, or dealing with a chronic condition, IASTM could enhance your healing process and get you back to doing what you love faster and with less pain. If you are a Mount Holly, New Jersey resident, you can contact us at our Hainesport location at 609.997.6112 or complete an appointment request form online to see if IASTM is right for you!