IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation) is a type of treatment that utilises various tools to help better mobilise underlying soft tissue structures, such as muscles and inter-connective fascia.
The Graston Technique uses a stainless-steel instrument and special massage method to identify areas of muscle adhesion, or scar-like tissue, that can improve the blood supply. A sports physiotherapist practitioner may use the instrument and massage in combination to stretch and relax the surrounding muscle tissue.
IASTM is also focused on bringing toxins and excessive heat to be released at the surface of the body. The Graston techniques is highly effective in releasing toxins from the deeper cellular cells, whilst promoting soft tissue healing.
Clinical research has been shown to have a relatively high success rate for patients with chronic pain and acute pain from soft tissue injuries, both in terms of improving the overall physical function and reducing pain in the body.
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