Instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization is a chiropractic treatment technique that uses specially-designed tools to help improve the mobility of soft tissues. This form of physical therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and has been shown to be an effective way to reduce pain and inflammation. On this page, we will discuss what instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization is, how it works, and the benefits that you can expect from treatment. At Adapt Health Clinic in San Jose, we offer instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization as part of our comprehensive chiropractic care services. If you are looking for relief from chronic pain or an injury, call us today to schedule a consultation for chiropractic care!

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What Is Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization?

Instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization, or IASTM, is a type of chiropractic treatment. It uses a combination of specialized instruments, massage, and chiropractic techniques to help loosen and stretch the muscles and connective tissues. IASTM treatment can be beneficial for a variety of conditions, especially back pain, neck pain, and sports injuries.

What Are the Benefits of Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization?

Getting IASTM treatment comes with plenty of benefits. For one, it can help to relieve pain and inflammation. What’s more, IASTM has also been shown to improve the range of motion in joints and muscles. This type of care is also non-invasive, so you won’t have to worry about any side effects aside from potential soreness and minimal bruising. Here is a list of the most common benefits of IASTM chiropractic treatment:

  • Reduces neck, back, and other chronic pain 
  • Helps to reduce inflammation
  • Relieves injuries and promotes healing
  • Softens and heals scar tissue
  • Improves mobility/flexibility of soft tissues

Who Can Benefit From IASTM Treatment?

Many people could benefit from receiving instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization treatment from a certified chiropractor. Whether you suffer from chronic pain or you’re dealing with a recent injury, IASTM may be able to help. Here are some of the acute and chronic conditions that can be treated with IASTM:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Scar tissue
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • And more!

Do you think you may be a good candidate for instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization? The best way to find out for sure is to schedule an IASTM consultation with our team of certified chiropractors at Adapt Health in San Jose. We will assess your condition and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.

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IASTM for Sports Injuries

Are you an athlete who is looking for a non-invasive way to treat your injuries? IASTM may be the answer. This type of chiropractic care can help you heal from injuries quickly and get back to your sport. Get in touch with Adapt Health Clinic today to learn more about instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization for sports injuries!

The IASTM Process

During your instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization treatment, your chiropractor will use specialized instruments to massage the affected area. These instruments are often made of stainless steel, but can also be made with quartz, jade, and other natural stones.

IASTM treatments are usually done in a series of sessions, and most people report feeling relief after just a few treatments.IASTM is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions. If you are dealing with pain, stiffness, or inflammation, call Adapt Health today to see if IASTM is right for you!

How Does It Work?

Instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM) works to break down scar tissue and promote healing through the formation of new proteins, such as collagen. Using the aforementioned specialized instrument, pressure is applied to a targeted area to relieve any tension that is caused by the scar tissue or injury. The targeted area usually starts off as stiff, which means that IASTM treatment will help to improve the area's range of motion as well. 

Additionally, IASTM has a neurophysiological effect since it stimulates the mechanosensitive neurons in the area. The stimulation of these neurons increases blood flow and helps to release any pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins.

What to Expect During Treatment

Instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization treatment is usually gentle and relaxing, but it can be slightly uncomfortable for some people, especially those with a more serious injury or chronic condition. If you ever start to feel discomfort during your IASTM treatment, be sure to let your chiropractor know immediately.

IASTM treatments are typically short, lasting only 15-20 minutes. However, the number of treatments will depend on the severity of your condition. For example, someone with a chronic condition may need to come in for weekly or biweekly treatments, while someone with a recent injury may only need a few sessions.

What to Expect After Treatment

What to Expect After Treatment

After your instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization treatment, you may feel some soreness in the treated area. This is normal and should go away within a day or two. You may also notice some bruising, but this is usually temporary and will also resolve on its own. If you continue to feel pain, stiffness, or discomfort well after your treatment, be sure to reach out to your chiropractor to see what next steps should be taken.

Is IASTM Safe for Everyone?

IASTM treatments are generally safe for most people. However, there are a few conditions that may make this therapy unsuitable. Talk to our team at Adaot Health before your treatment if you have any of the following conditions:

  • An active infection in the area being treated
  • Open wounds or cuts on the skin
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Cancer
  • Bone fractures

If you do not have any of the above conditions, instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization may be a safe and effective treatment option for you.

Pricing Information

Please contact our team for pricing information on our instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization chiropractic treatments. We offer a variety of IASTM pricing options and session lengths to fit your budget. Additionally, we also offer a suite of other chiropractic care services at our office, as well as laser therapy and shockwave therapy. Learn more about our comprehensive services by contacting us today.

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