There's a new buzzword going around the manual therapist's newsfeed around the world now. IASTM, also known as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation/ Mobilization. This additional modality is picking speed like wild fire across the globe for its efficacy and the plethora of clinical cases that practitioners can apply it into. IASTM is a very safe, noninvasive, very portable and the duration of soft tissue works last no more than 90secs on areas that needs to be treated. Let’s delve deeper into why practitioners everywhere are picking this up!
What is this therapy tool? -The IASTM tools that are used widely by practitioners nowadays are mostly made up of Surgical Steel. The therapist will then use this tool to glide across the skin to feel for any peculiar feel of the soft tissues, this leads the therapist to proceed and see what might be the underlying soft tissue that may have a big impact on the current patient. This particular gliding on the skin using the tools helps to feel far deeper and more constant by giving the therapist feedback from vibrations that is given back via resonation of the tools upon gliding across the tissues. One can as well use the tool for both Diagnosis and Prognosis purposes, which again is a very quick and simple indicative of looking at how fast the body is flushing waste product out of the affected area. Through Myofascial Induction, the practitioner uses a specific technique to induce change in the connective tissue. The best part is, only two people can feel if there is any restrictions or soft tissue build up, the therapist and the patient.
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