Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a manual treatment uses special plastic or metal tools to gently move and scrape against the skin to relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and promote the healing process.

It is applied using instruments that are usually made of stainless steel with bevelled edges and contours that can conform to different body anatomical locations and allows for deeper penetration.

It is used for the detection and treatment of soft tissue disorders.

At Pure Osteopathy Noosa we use an alternate model for IASTM work – that we define as “Instrument Assisted Neuro Sensory Modulation” or IANSM.  This draws from current thinking of the way in which fascia behaves and the influence that manual therapy has on these tissues, as well as the latest pain science.

This approach is typically very gentle, and the use of instruments can allow the practitioner to assess and feel the patient tissue in a different way.

IASTM is recommended in any condition with:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain during motion
  • Lack of tissue glide

We have been using this technique with great success in acute stages of ligaments and muscles injuries.

Especially ankle sprains respond very well to this type of treatment.

The gentle fascial glide produced by the instrument can greatly help with lymphatic drainage and significantly reduce ankle swelling.


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