IASTM: Your New Tool for Improved Recovery
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This week we are here to talk about what we know best – IASTM
What is IASTM?
IAST…what? Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, commonly known as IASTM, is a method of treating myofascial restriction, soreness, injuries, and adhesions. This method of recovery is performed using specifically designed tools (usually made of a very hard material to allow deeper penetration while reducing stress on the hands) that provides a mobilizing effect to soft tissue. IASTM treatment provides stimulation of connective tissue remodeling, resorption of excess fibrosis, and induces repair and regeneration of collagen through fibroblast recruitment. Through this process, the body will release and breakdown scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions which results in decreased pain, improved range of motion, and improved muscle tissue function. Research and development of IASTM methods is currently ongoing, but many preliminary studies have found that there are positive short- and long-term outcomes of using such tools for recovery.
How is IASTM performed?
IASTM is a practical approach to muscle recovery due to the short treatment time needed for a single application. IASTM should be performed by applying an emollient to the affected muscle, tendon, or ligament and the tool should be held at a 45-degree angle. Using light pressure, small one-directional strokes towards the core of the body should be made for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. That’s it! Treatment can be re-performed 2 to 3 times per week. IASTM should NOT be performed using extreme pressure and should not result in deep bruising (although some light bruising and/or redness is normal). IASTM techniques can be performed by an expert or can be performed on oneself.
IASTM is not just for injuries, it can be used for every day improved recovery
Active people likely push their bodies to new levels every day and it is not uncommon to wake up feeling sore or stiff. Although this soreness may not stop someone from participating in additional physical activities, it can result in less efficient movements and quality sessions. Along with rest days, active recovery, and stretching/mobilizing sessions, IASTM can provide additional support to improve blood flow, tissue quality, and quicker recovery. Tools such as The Musclestache provide the precision needed to target particular areas or small trigger points and restrictions within the muscles. You don’t have to wait for an injury to use IASTM, incorporate periodic treatments into your current recovery methods.
IASTM stimulates your body to use internal mechanisms to support quicker healing of injuries and faster recovery for active lifestyles. Incorporating soft tissue mobilization using specialized tools is a great way to improve individual recovery at home and target specific injuries with minimal time commitment. There is still substantial ongoing research on IASTM, but the impact of the technique has shown both short- and long-term improvements to various injuries.
Check out The Musclestache’s unique IASTM tool and emollient to effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue with less stress on the hands and greater impact on the body. This tool utilizes an ergonomic (and fun) design to provide athletes with the ability to locate restrictions and treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.
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