Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization
What is augmented soft tissue mobilization?
Augmented soft tissue mobilization, or commonly referred to as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization or IASTM, is any soft tissue mobilization technique that is assisted with tools. There are multiple techniques of application; however, the goal remains the same which is to reduce the necessity for splints, braces, and anti-inflammatories while allowing the patient to continue to engage in their activity while completing treatment.
What is it used for?
Augmented soft tissue mobilization is indicated for scarring or fibrosis that is excessive or dysfunctional, surgery, trauma, repetitive stress, and soft tissue with limited mobility or compromised contractility. This can include diagnosis such as tendonitis, bursitis, post-surgical scar tissue adhesions, or generalized tissue tightness.
What is the goal of augmented soft tissue mobilization?
Augmented soft tissue mobilization purpose is to provide the body stimulus to initiate healing process such as humoral and inflammatory response along with mechanical breakdown of adhesion. These techniques are not replacement for the clinician’s hand instead is an extension and enhancement of the clinician and should be utilized as part of a broader treatment plan including therapeutic exercise, manual therapy skills, functional reintegration, and home exercise instruction.