What Is Instrument Assisted Massage?

Instrument Assisted Massage – or its full name Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) uses a tool or instrument for the treatment of disease or discomfort. It is a therapeutic modality and manual therapy technique that when combined with rehabilitative exercises improves musculoskeletal function.

Why use IASTM?

There are many benefits to IASTM for both the client and the massage therapist. Using instruments increases the effectiveness of the treatment by allowing the therapist to reach the tissue more specifically and effectively. Instruments also help alleviate some of the pressure and strain on the massage therapist which can lengthen their career. Instruments can effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue which can be challenging for the massage therapist to do only using their hands. The deeper treatment can also increase mobility and lead to quicker recovery from certain injuries.

IASTM can benefit these and many other conditions:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
  • Neck Pain
  • Running Injuries
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shin Splints

Massage therapists may keep the instruments on a heater which allows the heat of the tools to help relax surrounding muscles. The tools can also be removed from the heat to be room temperature or even cool and still be effective.

Book with one of our trained RMT’s at Lead to try IASTM.

– Blog provided by Samantha Gray, RMT