Empower Physical Therapy offers Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) to help in the treatment of various conditions and injuries.

IASTM uses hard tools to manipulate soft tissue. It is a popular alternative to traditional manual therapy techniques. Similar to massage, the motions used during IASTM treatments vary in direction, force, and pattern and allow for pressure to be dispersed to the underlying tissues. IASTM instruments vary in material (eg, stainless steel, plastic) and design2 and are used to improve a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

There are many benefits to the application of IASTM. IASTM has been shown to be effective for treating many conditions, such as:

  • Neck and
  • back pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrom
  • Running injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic muscle strain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
  • Sports injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Knee and ankle pain
  • Excessive scarring
  • Trigger points