Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

What is IASTM?

IASTM is an acronym for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. This is the use of instruments to improve range of motion and decrease pain in an area that may be compromised due to scar tissue and/or adhesions. There are many different types of instruments such as Graston, AYSTM, SASTM, and FAKTR. Currently, the specialists at Chicago Spine and Sports are using tools developed by FAKTR, for our application of IASTM.

What is FAKTR?

FAKTR (pronounced factor) is an acronym for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. It is a revolutionary concept used to treat soft tissue problems. These treatments are effective for many conditions, ranging from headaches, back pain, shoulder problems, pain in the elbows, feet or most other body parts. Injuries can be caused by repetitive overuse, falls, auto accidents, sports injuries, work-related injuries and can be a chronic condition or the result of a new injury or issue.  Most of these problems can be resolved within a few IASTM treatments.  Our clinicians will do a complete examination and history of the patient’s complaint before determining if this is the best treatment for the condition. IASTM is performed with our FAKTR instruments. A treatment can take anywhere from a few minutes to up to half an hour, depending on the patient’s condition. In many cases, IASTM can usually provide positive results much more quickly than other similar types of treatment.  

What should be expected during IASTM treatment?

IASTM treatment used ergonomically designed instruments to break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. Our doctors or therapists will use the instruments to locate the restrictions and apply an appropriate amount of pressure to treat the area. This pressure creates controlled micro-trauma to the affected soft tissue, stimulating an anti-inflammatory response. The micro-trauma also initiates reabsorption of any unnecessary fibrosis or scar tissue, acting as a catalyst for healing within the soft tissue, restoring full mobility.

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