What Is Fascia Mobilization?
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a nonsurgical procedure used for soft tissue disorders and injuries. The treatment involves using specially designed instruments to trigger an inflammatory response and break up scar tissue and adhesions in the body. Lymphatic drainage legs This triggers collagen production, which helps the tissues to recover. IASTM can help heal and reduce pain in the affected area.
Soft tissue injuries can be caused by muscle and ligament damage, or overuse of a body part. These injuries often result in swelling and bruising, which can prevent proper motion. Some injuries can lead to a loss of function and cause excruciating pain. It is therefore important to find a treatment that will alleviate these symptoms.
Fascia is a complex system that surrounds bones, muscles, organs, and blood vessels. It also contains adhesions that can create dysfunction. When the fascia becomes unhealthy, it can inhibit the release of hormones and inhibit blood circulation. Having unhealthy fascia can also lead to cellulite, which can affect the way you look. To address this problem, many therapists use IASTM tools. They are shaped ergonomically to help PT therapists massage and manipulate tendons.
There are many different types of IASTM instruments, including the Graston technique, HawkGrips, and Astym. Each is unique, and the appropriate instrument depends on the complaint and pain line.
During the IASTM treatment, the therapist strokes the affected area with the tool. It feels like stroking sand, and it can provide information about what is deep beneath the skin. By releasing and redistributing the fascia, the therapist helps to alleviate discomfort. In addition to providing relief from pain, IASTM tools can also stimulate collagen production, which can improve mobility and range of motion.
Various studies have examined the effects of IASTM on soft tissue injury. Studies found that the therapy provided significant short-term gains for up to 24 hours. However, these findings are inconsistent across treatment periods.
Researchers are still investigating the effects of IASTM on soft tissue injuries. Several studies have investigated the effectiveness of IASTM on lateral epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic ankle instability, and myofascial trigger points. Those studies were randomized, controlled, and included an intervention group. Another study measured the effects of IASTM on patellofemoral pain syndrome.
For athletes, IASTM can help relieve muscle tension, increase circulation, and enhance the remodeling of soft tissues. Using IASTM, patients can recover from pain and return to an active lifestyle. Runners and cyclists may also benefit from IASTM treatments.
Although there is evidence that IASTM can help heal and reduce pain, it is difficult to compare the results of this therapy with other types of therapies. A systematic review is needed to determine the efficacy of this method of treating soft-tissue injuries.
To assess the evidence for the benefits of IASTM, 155 articles were screened. Of these, seven randomized controlled trials met the inclusion criteria. Among the findings were no statistically significant differences between IASTM and control groups. Other studies compared the technique with other adjunct therapies, such as ultrasound.