Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
If you want to live life to the fullest; you should be able to move and feel great. When the body is experiencing pain, there is typically the presence of an injury or restriction. There are varying types of massages to help relieve those restrictions, and one of them is instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). It’s a technique that uses metals or plastic tools to enhance the body’s soft tissue mobility. This technique is known to help in reducing pain and improving movement.
Benefits of Using IASTM in Massage Sessions:
One-of-Kind Approach to Anatomy
When therapy is done, the usual modes used are the thumb, thenar, index, knuckles and elbows. We are so accustomed to using these body parts. Depending on the force we need, we decide which part to use.
Given these realities, it would be nicer to have a different approach. With IASTM, we can add new shapes and sizes and have more options to give a unique and specialized experience for each client.
Improved Contact on the Tissue Area
The human hand can only do so much. There are different parts of the body that are hard to touch. Such are the cases of tendons, ligaments, capsules, and nerve sheaths. By using instruments that are edgy and pointed, it is easy to glide over soft tissues. By using an instrument like polished surgical steel, a client can experience a different sensation that otherwise cannot be achieved by using the hand alone.
Gives More Rooted and More Precise Therapeutic Strokes
Since instruments come with edges and points, you can easily angle them to sink deeper into capsular areas. Depending on the area you need to work, the tools can give you more flexibility to access them. Since the tools can come in different shapes and sizes, they are more precise and allow for deeper work in the tissue.
Serves as a Force Amplifier
Doing manual therapy is a laborious task. You rely on your energy and force to provide a patient the treatment (s)he needs. Sometimes with too much pressure and work, the practitioner himself experiences injury and trauma.
Because of the limit on the force exertion of a practitioner, a client may not always be able to get the deeper myofascial work they need/want. If a practitioner uses tools to assist in getting work done, it can help amplify the tissue force. This can benefit both the patient and practitioner.
With the use of tools, a practitioner provides more force without intensive work. The client on the other hand receives more force as compared if the practitioner uses his hands alone.
Reduced Treatment Time
Wouldn’t it be nice to get more precise treatment? You can achieve that if you include tools along with massage when needed. Clients ideally complain about small and pea-sized pain. This involves soft tissue lesions and restrictions. If a practitioner uses a tool, it can be easier and faster to find those small complaints.
The human hand can perform an excellent job in massage therapy. But the technology is there to help us and make lives easier and more comfortable. Incorporating IASTM into massage can do a lot of wonders. These benefits prove that they extend the goodness of what the human hand can do.
Tools and instruments are ever-present to assist us in dealing with pain and diseases. It is no different when we use IASTM with massage. When we use technology with the science and practice of what we already know, we can achieve better and more improved results for both the client and practitioner.