What is IASTM?

IASTM is an acronym for Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization which is “a skilled intervention that includes the use of specialized tools to manipulate the skin, myofascia, muscles, and tendons by various direct compressive stroke techniques”.

In other words, by gently scraping along skin and other superficial tissues,

We intentionally cause a mild inflammatory reaction that helps:

  • break down scar tissue
  • promote healing
  • increase blood and lymph circulation
  • decrease pain

Scar tissue can develop from injuries such as:

  • traumatic injuries such as cuts/scrapes
  • surgeries
  • long term immobilized soft tissues such as muscle strains and knots
  • sports injuries
  • repetitive stress injuries


We utilize IASTM for a wide variety of chronic and acute musculoskeletal conditions to promote healing, increase blood and lymph circulation, decrease tightness from scar tissue, and alleviate pain.

Some other conditions where IASTM is helpful for includes:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Golfer’s Elbow/ Tennis Elbow
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Post Surgery or Traumatic Scars
  • Rotator Cuff TendonitisAcute Ankle Sprain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Muscle Sprain or Knots
  • Heel Pain