IASTMmeans "Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Moblization" which is a skilled myofascial intervention used for sof-tissue treatment. It was dervied from Cyriax cross-friction massage developed by Dr. James Cyriax, better known as the father of orthopedic medicine, from London.
IASTM Fascia Tools effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinican or therapist with the ability to locate restrictions and allows the clinician or therapist to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.
It is applied using instruments that are made of stainless steel with beveled edges and contours that can conform to diffferent body anatomical locations and allows for deeper penetration. It is used for the detection and treatment of soft tissue disorders.
The introduction of controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates re-absorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excess scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repreated strain or other mechanisims, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.
Clinician or therapist applies firm pressure to the tool as the tool glides across the tissue in a scrapping manner. A lubriciant of some sort, typically massage oil or lotion, is used to allow the tools to glide across the skin more smoothly.