Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization or IASTM uses various tools to help chiropractors locate and treat patients diagnosed with soft tissue injuries. The Graston Technique is one of the most popular style of IASTM and can be used to help alleviate limited motion, pain, motor control issues such as coordination and muscle recruitment problems. Common conditions treated with IASTM include rotator cuff injuries, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and tendinopathies. An Arlington Massachusetts professional such as Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos can help determine if IASTM is a viable treatment option for you.

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Because most people don’t seek out help for soft tissue injuries until the body is far into the self-healing process, scar tissue forms. When this scar tissue is created, new cells are laid out in a disorganized pattern. This makes it necessary for a medical professional to remodel the tissues in the affected area. This is done by stimulating a local inflammatory response with Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization. This trauma helps the body to reabsorb inappropriate scar tissue and remodel the affected tissues. After this treatment, scar tissue is remodeled and movement is improved.

During an Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) treatment, mild discomfort can occur. Patients typically experience soreness for a day or two after their session. Also, bruising may occur too (if you bruise easily). Results vary from patient to patient, but most receive two treatments per week in a month’s time. Most patients have a positive response after the first week of treatments. During the session, the tissue is warmed up, the treatment is done and light exercise is done to promote proper movement.

To learn more about Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization, call 781-641-4482 today.