What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

During Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), physical therapists use an ergonomically designed tool (made of stainless steel, plastic, buffalo horn or jade) to initiate controlled microtrauma in the affected soft tissue, stimulating a local inflammatory response. This encourages tissue healing, remodeling, and restoration—particularly at the cellular level—that otherwise may not occur on its own.

What are the benefits?

In addition to encouraging tissue healing, IASTM tools allow physical therapists to feel tissue tension. By identifying and treating the root cause of tissue tension, your physical therapist will tailor your treatment plan to help you move better with less pain.