Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization at orthocore pt
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a soft tissue technique where a Physical Therapist uses a tool to locate and treat restrictions in the muscle and fascia (muscle knots). Once the restriction is located, the therapist uses the tool to break down the fascia, bring blood flow to the area, and improve the tissue mobility. The treatment usually lasts 2-5 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. The treatment should not hurt. It should only feel like a massage that uses a tool rather than a therapists hands. It is very effective in treating various injuries including sprains/strains, tendonitis, muscle knots, overuse injuries, repetitive injuries, and pain. The patient may experience some bruising in the area due to the new blood flow from the treatment. This is not considered dangerous and will usually dissipate within a couple of days.