Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM is the term for when a tool is used to aid with soft tissue therapy. It has become a popular choice for soft tissue therapy as it’s non-invasive, effective and efficient in treating patients.
How does Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization work?
- Hammer et al. demonstrated reduced pain in a patient with lumbar compartment syndrome after using IASTM to apply controlled microtrauma to the affected soft tissues.
- Studies suggest that this controlled microtrauma induces healing via fibroblast proliferation, which is necessary for soft tissue healing.
- Additional studies have shown clinical efficacy using IASTM for the treatment of various disorders with painful soft tissue components.
- Augmented soft-tissue mobilization (ASTM) introduces a more controlled amount of microtrauma into an area of disarray; therefore, the response of the ligament to this microtrauma could involve increased fibroblast production and the conversion of type III to type I collagen.
- It has been shown to increase the fibroblast response to produce more collagen with the controlled movement of the instruments.
- Of the clinical studies and case reports that have been conducted using Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, animal and human studies have evaluated the initiation of the healing cascade for lateral epicondylitis, patellar tendinopathy, rotator-cuff tendinopathy, Achilles tendinopathy, chronic ankle pain, and early and long-term healing of an acute injury to the medial collateral ligaments of rats.
- It provides a method of addressing impaired arthrokinematics related to poor tissue healing and hypomobility, adhesions, and other soft-tissue restrictions proximal to the ankle joint and chronic ankle injures.
With many years of experience traveling and treating athletes and patients with various soft tissue tools, Dr. Kazemi, Doctor of Chiropractic, found that carrying several tools to be very inconvenient. He also determined that if the edges of an IASTM tool were slightly sharper than the traditional tools, the therapy was more efficient. With these in mind he invented the Kazemizer Shark IASTM Tool, an innovative instrument used for soft tissue therapy.
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Dr. Kazemi is a doctor of chiropractic that has been practising as a Toronto Chiropractor for over 20 years. He is a sports chiropractor providing chiropractic, acupuncture, sports medicine, rehabilitation, soft tissue therapy, and other chiropractic services. He has invented innovative chiropractic tools and educates practitioners with chiropractic seminars Toronto.