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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM)

Innovative solution for soft tissue therapy.
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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation or simply IASTM 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. However, Gua Sha was not used to treating Musculoskeletal conditions but was traditionally applied along meridians to move the bad chi out through the skin. IASTM is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency while remaining non-invasive, with its own indications and limitations.


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 microtrauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodelling 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 for IASTM:
  • Cervical sprain/strain

  • Lumbar sprain/strain

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Lateral Epicondylitis/algia

  • Medial Epicondylitis/algia

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

  • Patellofemoral Disorders

  • Achilles Tendinitis

  • Trigger Finger

  • Shin Splints

  • Post-Surgical Scar Tissue

  • de Quervain's Syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

  • IT Band Syndrome

  • Low Back Pain

  • Joint Sprain

  • Muscle Strain



  • Neoplastic Disorders/Cancer

  • Kidney Infections

  • Anticoagulant Medication

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Uncontrolled Hypertension

  • Osteomyelitis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Generalized Infection

  • Fractures

  • Open Wound

  • Unhealed Suture Site/Sutures

  • Thrombophlebitis

  • Patient Intolerance/Non-compliance

  • Hypersensitivity

  • Hematoma

  • Myositis Ossificans

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