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Procedure - Instrument-assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Soft tissue injuries are very painful and can decrease a patient’s range of motion. A soft tissue injury results from damage to the muscles, fascia, or tendons of the body. These injuries can include damage from sprains, strains, overuse injuries, or adhesions following a surgery. Once a patient has a soft tissue injury they can experience bruising, swelling, pain, and loss of function in the affected tissue. At Ogden Clinic in Utah, our physical therapists can use instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) to help relieve the pain caused by soft tissue injuries.

What to Expect During an IASTM Treatment Session at Ogden Clinic

  1. First, the physical therapist will warm up the affected tissue with heat or aerobic exercise to make it more pliable and easier to treat.
  2. The physical therapist will perform the IASTM treatment. This treatment involves the use of tools made of wood, stainless steel, stone, or plastic to locate and treat the injury. One of the IASTM techniques used here at Ogden Clinic is the Graston Technique. The pressure and motions used during this therapy encourage the body to reabsorb scar tissue, helping promote better movement, less pain, and reduced inflammation.
  3. Following the IASTM treatment, the specialist will assign light exercises to help promote movement of the muscles and tissues treated. Some soreness and bruising may occur following the treatment, but these are usually very mild and cease within a day or two.

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is a good treatment option for patients whose soft tissue injuries decrease their range of motion, and cause pain during movement or muscle spasms. Most patients begin to see results by the 3rd or 4th treatment. Some of the conditions treated with IASTM therapy include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Scar Tissue including Caesarean Scarring
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Lumbar and Cervical Strains
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Are you suffering from a painful soft tissue injury that is inhibiting range of motion in your knee, ankle, wrist, or shoulder? Contact Ogden Clinic physical therapy to request a consultation for instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) treatment at one of our Utah offices.


Cooper, Jake, DPT
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300