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INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION: WORKING & BENEFITSInstrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation is the range of medical tools that are used for the treatment and diagnosis of soft tissue dysfunction. The procedure of treatment by using the tools of IASTM is getting popular repeatedly because of the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatment. The use of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation is very helpful for the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue Fibrosis, degeneration and chronic inflammation in the patients. These tools are used by the doctors in various manual therapy treatment because of its efficiency.

The working of IASTM:

These instruments work to break the fascial restrictions and the scar tissues effectively. When it comes to locating the restrictions and treating the affected area, the clinicians find the design of these medical instruments very appreciable and efficient to use easily. The overview of measured microtrauma to the affected soft tissue organization causes the stimulation of local inflammatory reaction. Microtrauma recruits re-absorption of unfortunate fibrosis or unnecessary scar tissue and then it helps a cascade for the healing activities. It results in the remodeling of all affected soft tissue structures.

The Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation are used in lots of health conditions like Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral Epicondylitis, Neck Pain, Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, Heel Pain, Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars, Musculoskeletal Imbalances, Ligament Sprains, Muscle Strains, Non-Acute Bursitis, Back Pain, Trigger Finger, Hip Pain (Replacements), Chronic Ankle Sprains and much more.

The physiology and benefits of IASTM:

Doctors and health experts use the Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation in various therapies. Even top health experts and physiotherapists like Dr. Amit Aggarwal are also using these instruments for the treatment of various health conditions.

Benefits for the therapists:

These instruments provide the therapist with lots of advantages. When it comes to providing the treatment services for any health condition, they need the perfect tools to prevent the overuse of hands. The top physiotherapist like Dr. Amit Aggarwal found the Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation very helpful to modify the technique of treatment.

According to the studies, IASTM tools are also very useful to improve the range of motion, perception of pain and strength during the treatment. The instruments all very helpful to improve the motion range after the physical therapy. These instruments are also very useful to reduce the pain and improvement in impairment scale.

Cellular level benefits:

There are various cellular level benefits by using Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation. Some of the main benefits are like an increase in fibroblast proliferation, reduced scar tissues, increase in vascular response and remodeling of unorganized collagen fiber matrix. A fibroblast is very important to the cell of the extracellular matrix. The maintenance, repairing, and regeneration of soft tissues take place in the extracellular matrix.

Various types of tools:

When it comes to performing the IASTM, there is a complete range of various tools as described below:

  • Buffalo Horn: Used by ChineseGuaSha practitioners but can also be used for IASTM. Very cheap to obtain.
  • Jade Tools: Heavier and extra slippery than the above tool.
  • Plastic tools: New tools in the market. Many designs that are suitable for Manual Therapy work. Used for training earlier upgrading to the succeeding class of tools.
  • Stainless Steel Tools: Perfect tools for IASTM. Must have an instrument for The tissue resonates fine when the steel tool runs on it. It comes in diverse sizes for different body parts depends on the manufacturer.