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What is IASTM?



Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, often abbreviated IASTM, is a manual therapy technique used in many outpatient physical therapy practices. The purpose of IASTM is to detect and treat soft tissue lesions and myofascial restrictions to assist with decreasing pain and improving function. Some of the benefits of IASTM include decreased overall treatment time and faster recovery.


One of the most well-known forms of IASTM is Graston Technique. Graston uses stainless steel instruments shaped and designed for effective soft tissue treatment. The soft tissue treatment is followed by stretching and strengthening. Lauren Kremer, PT, DPT at our South Oxnard location is a Graston Technique Provider, trained in using the Graston instruments on a variety of musculoskeletal disorders.


Common conditions treated with Graston Technique:

-Achilles tendinopathy

-Fibromyalgia

-Lateral epicondylitis

-Medial epicondylitis

-Plantar fasciitis

-Post-surgical (Total knee arthroplasty, Rotator cuff repair)

-Scar tissue

-Trigger finger


For more information on IASTM and Graston Technique, watch the video below.

If you think you could benefit from this technique, call our office today!


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