Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
By Harry Wagner – QubeCore Chiropractor

What is it?

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization is a treatment technique that is common in manual therapy practices including but not limited to Physical Therapy, Naturopathic medicine and Chiropractic. Therapists will typically use a side of a metal tool to help treat tendons, ligaments, and muscle based injuries.

How does it work?

When a therapist uses this technique they are aiming to create a controlled micro-traumatic effect in the soft tissue and stimulate a local inflammatory response. The micro-trauma initiates the body’s healing response and helps facilitate the remodeling of soft tissue structures.

What are the benefits?

● Increased range of motion ● Increased pliability
● Increased local circulation ● Decreased pain levels

How was it developed?

The treatment method common in traditional Chinese medicine practices, called Gua Sha, is where modern day approaches of IASTM have been developed from. Gua Sha can be dated all the way back to 220 BC. Originally used were coins, jars, bone or jade and applied
with a very firm scrapping type technique to help promote normal circulation and metabolic processes.

What should I expect from my therapist while I’m being treated?

This type of treatment is often a bit tender, so having a clear line of communication with your therapist is helpful to make sure that they are applying an adequate amount of pressure. The treatment itself should not be painful, but some level of discomfort may be expected.

Are there any side effects?

Sometimes, but not always. There can be a local inflammatory response in a treated area which may leave the skin bruised or red for several days.

QubeCore Sports & Rehab offers chiropractic services in North Vancouver for a wide range of injuries and conditions. To book your chiropractic treatment, please call the clinic or book online with Harry.