IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
What is IASTM?
Once the body incurs an injury, the immune response aims to prevent further damage and repair the wound as quickly as possible, hence scar tissue. Scar tissue is not the same as skin, muscle, ligament, or tendon. The arrangement of scar tissue within a wound is in an irregular pattern and has little functional strength, like a blacktop patch for a pothole. This is why there may be a limited range of motion and pain in a muscle or joint that has been injured, or why a scar on the skin surface looks “tight” and non-uniform. IASTM treatment utilizes a tool, or set of tools, to break up scar tissue at an injury site to trigger a focal inflammatory response. This inflammation leads to the absorption of scar tissue and the production of new collagen to repair the injury site. Combined with proper movement, stretching, and cold therapy after treatment, the body restores normal tissue structure and function. Treatments are short, specific, and effective for a wide variety of ailments. The effects of IASTM include pain relief, increased flexibility, increased strength, enhanced recovery, and in most cases complete resolution of symptoms.
Will it work for you?
A multitude of conditions have been successfully treated through the administration of IASTM. IASTM can be performed to almost any part of the body, from plantar fasciitis to TMJ. After surgery, IASTM can speed up recovery and prevent scar formation that may hinder a full recovery (spinal surgery). Other successfully treated conditions include: rotator cuff injuries, knee injuries, ITB syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow tendonitis, strains/sprains, and much more!
Dr. Levine implements IASTM with the use of equipment from F.A.K.T.R. (Functional and Kinetic Treatment and Rehab)
Dr. Levine and his staff will treat your injuries with specific treatment plans tailored to your injuries and needs.