What is IASTM or scraping?


Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is an advanced form of myofascial mobilization—similar to deep-tissue massage. It is primarily used to detect and release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions. 

In Chinese medicine, this is referred to as Gua Sha. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response. This will stimulate the production of new collagen and proper, functional, pain-free healing.
 

Who can benefit from IASTM?

 

Anyone with a soft tissue injury or restriction. This is a good treatment option for patients whose soft tissue injuries decrease their range of motion and/or cause pain during movement or result in muscle spasms.
Note: Patients on blood thinners, with weakened immune systems, or that bruise easily may can still benefit from IASTM; however, pressure applied would be less intense, possibly with less strokes per area in the first few treatments. 

Benefits of IASTM
  • Decreases overall time of treatment

  • Allows faster rehabilitation/recovery

  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication

  • Can resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent

  • Great for soft tissue injury recovery, tendinitis, etc.

  • Clients can continue to engage in everyday activities

 

What to expect during and after IASTM

 

Most patients begin to feel immediate results but generally will notice real lasting relief and improved range by the third or fourth treatment. Some of the conditions treated with IASTM therapy include:

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Shin splints

  • Scar tissue adhesions post-surgery including Caesarean scarring

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Lumbar and cervical strains

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis

  • Hand pain

​After your treatment, you may feel sore and possibly notice some small amounts of bruising (bruising is not typical but can happen).  Throughout the day, the healing inflammatory process is taking place, so general soreness is normal and you should avoid taking anti-inflammatories unless you are experiencing true pain. 

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Albuquerque, NM 87111

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