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  • Writer's pictureAlicia Poche

IASTM a.k.a. Scraping Technique


IASTM, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, is a manual therapy technique that has gained popularity in recent years. It involves the use of specially designed tools to apply pressure and friction to the skin and underlying soft tissues, with the goal of breaking up scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions. IASTM tools come in various shapes and sizes, and are typically made of metal or plastic. The therapist applies the tools to the affected area, using a variety of strokes and techniques to manipulate the tissues. This can include scraping, rubbing, and kneading motions, as well as more targeted pressure on specific areas. One of the key benefits of IASTM is that it can help improve range of motion and reduce pain. By breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, the therapist can help restore normal movement patterns and reduce restrictions in the affected area. This can be particularly helpful for athletes or individuals who have suffered from injuries or chronic pain. Another benefit of IASTM is that it can promote tissue regeneration. By stimulating blood flow and promoting the release of growth factors, IASTM can help accelerate the healing process and improve overall tissue health. IASTM is often used in conjunction with other manual therapy techniques, such as massage and stretching, to help improve overall function. It can be used on a variety of soft tissue structures, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. While IASTM can be an effective treatment for many individuals, it is important to note that it may not be appropriate for everyone. Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as blood clotting disorders or skin conditions, may not be good candidates for IASTM. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider before undergoing any manual therapy treatment. In conclusion, IASTM is a manual therapy technique that can be an effective treatment for a variety of soft tissue conditions. By breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, promoting tissue regeneration, and improving range of motion, IASTM can help individuals improve their overall function and quality of life.


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