Ask us About Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a manual therapy service. Select massage therapists at Essential Chiropractic & Massage Therapy use this technique to assist our clients with mobility issues. By using “SMART Tools” we can effectively treat adhesion and scarring brought on by surgeries, injuries, and the overuse of muscles. The treatment is highly recommended for athletes of all ages, participating in highly strenuous activities that cause tightness, mobility and flexibility issues.

What Exactly Is IASTM?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization allows massage therapists, like our very own Crystal Tait for instance, to locate and treat individuals with soft tissue dysfunction efficiently. It’s a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness; it is also non-invasive.

Ergonomically designed instruments are necessary to perform IASTM. The purpose is to treat fascial restrictions and effectively treat areas that are exhibiting inflammation or degeneration. As in any manual therapy treatment, you correct mechanical deficiencies with supplementation exercises (e.g. joint mobilization). Above all, it addresses strength and muscle imbalances. These exercises should be used in conjunction with IASTM.

IASTM Treatment

Client Experience with IASTM

The client below has been unable to lift his arms over his head for quite some time. Several injuries and a lack of range-of-motion in his left shoulder is the cause of this. For example, after three sessions, with treatment focused on his pectorals, rotator cuff, traps and lats, he has regained nearly 100% range-of-motion in his shoulder.

Slide the before/after scale to see the progress our client made:


IASTM is one of several services offered at Essential Chiropractic & Massage Therapy. To better assess your needs, above all, it’s always best to come into our office for an initial assessment. You can even reach out to us by email. If you are ready to book an appointment, feel free to call in, email, or use our online booking portal.

Our online booking portal is efficient and easy to use, and we gladly offer direct billing for most insurance providers.

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