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IASTM (Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) in Highland, CA

IASTM is a modern manual therapy technique for treating individuals diagnosed with soft tissue abnormalities. It is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial (connective tissue) restrictions to effectively treat areas with soft tissue fibrosis (the formation of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ or tissue in a reparative or reactive process to injury or damage - excessive scar tissue), chronic inflammation or degeneration.

Using ergonomically designed hand-held instruments, IASTM clinicians at Preferred Therapy Service in Highland, CA, comb over the skin to find soft tissue problems. Then, the instruments are used with the appropriate pressure to introduce controlled microtrauma to the area. Controlled microtrauma initiates reabsorption of fibrosis (excessive scar tissue) and facilitates healing as adhesions in the soft tissue are broken down, restoring full function.

IASTM methods at Preferred Therapy Service in Highland, CA

There are several IASTM methods used by clinicians at Preferred Therapy Service in Highland, CA, including Graston Technique, HawkGrips, Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM) and Fluid Motion Soft Tissue Tools (FMST).

Graston Technique, HawkGrips, and FMST Tools use steel instruments that glide along the muscle, tendon or ligament. Applying a specified amount of pressure allows the clinician at Preferred Therapy Service in Highland, CA, to discover the location of the scar tissue or restrictions. The instruments are then used to break up the restriction to help the patient recover range of motion and functionality.

SASTM works similarly, except that the instruments locate restrictions through sound waves. Then, the tissue is treated with the appropriate amount of applied pressure. Some people have reported noticeable improvements after only one treatment. But most need 8-10 treatments over the course of a few weeks. No medications are required.

What to Expect with IASTM Treatment at Preferred Therapy Service in Highland, CA

Before IASTM treatment, patients may be advised to complete five minutes of cardiovascular activity, such as riding a stationary bike or walking on a treadmill. Then, ultrasound or heat treatment may be applied to the injured area to warm up the soft tissue.

During the treatment, the clinician at Preferred Therapy Service in Highland, CA, will use hand-held instruments to scan and then treat the affected area using very specific, calculated massage techniques over the affected area(s).

Treatment usually lasts 30 to 60 seconds over each area treated. Some discomfort may be felt during treatment, and there may be some bruising and small red dots over the treated area (called petechiae). Ice application to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes following treatment will probably ease the discomfort if this happens.

IASTM is generally done in conjunction with an exercise, stretching and strengthening program for rehabilitation to help the injured tissues heal.


Conditions Treated with IASTM at Preferred Therapy Service in Highland, CA

IASTM is an effective treatment option for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis (foot pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
  • Patellar Tendinitis (knee pain)
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
  • Ankle Pain / Foot Pain / Heel Pain / Achilles Tendinitis
  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances
  • Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Non-Acute Bursitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Back Pain
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hip Pain (Replacements)
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Chronic Ankle Sprains
  • Acute Ankle Sprains (Advanced Technique)
  • Surgical or Traumatic Scars

Many people have reported increased range of motion (ROM) and reduced pain after the first IASTM treatment at Preferred Therapy Service in Highland, CA. IASTM has been proven successful in reducing scar tissue problems from surgical and traumatic scar tissue and achieving great results with pain control and rejuvenating joint, ligament, tendon and muscle flexibility.