Benefits of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

IASTM stands for Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.  It is an intervention for the treatment of the soft tissues of the body.  Instead of the practitioner using their hands he/she will use specially designed tools that are usually made of stainless steel which allow for the detection and treatment of soft tissue disorders.  The strokes used are typically short and direct because the practitioner is targeting very specific tissues.

The purpose of the technique and the instruments used is to effectively break down fascial restrictions, adhesions and scar tissue.  By working directly upon the restricted tissue, the instruments cause microtrauma to the structure which initiates a healing response from the body.  This healing response facilitates the reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue resulting in a remodelling of the affected area.  Once the scar tissue and adhesions are broken down and the remodelling has occurred tissue pliability will improve with a goal of full functional restoration of the area to occur.

IASTM Can Help With:

At Body Heal Therapy we generally use IASTM as part of a treatment session and not just a stand-alone intervention.  Your therapist may use it as part of a Sports Recovery Massage, Clinical Bodywork Massage Session or any of our other treatments as part of the process to free up any restrictions in the body and increase mobility and reduce pain.


Wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothing. Close-fitting clothing or sports bras are preferred for structural analysis, and treatments are performed clothed.

We ask for 24 hours' notice to adjust or cancel appointments at no charge.

Cancellations within 24 hours are charged 50% of the session price.

Missed sessions with no notice are charged 100% of the session price.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept and file with your insurance. However, we can provide you with all of the information that you need to file with your insurance company directly.

Yes, we do! Just click on the Book Online button to schedule a consultation. We are happy to go through some assessments to see how KCB will be able to help you with your goals.

No. We cannot diagnose. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis.

We can and do use orthopedic testing to determine if bodywork is recommended for your issue. If we find that the test we perform is a positive then we may recommend that you go to a medical practitioner for a diagnosis.

Since every one of our therapists is an independent contractor we allow each therapist to decide whether they require credit card information to hold an appointment.

If the therapist does require credit card information to hold the appointment then that therapist will contact you to get that information so that they can put it securely in Square. Your card will not be charged and no amount will be held for the appointment.

If you cancel within 24 hours of the appointment or do not show up for the appointment then half of the price of the session will be charged to the card on file. Thank you for your understanding and please call us with any questions.

Body Heal Therapy is a holistic approach to pain relief. Since the human body moves as a unit, rather than in individual pieces, we often compromise for repetitive patterns and postures with unrelenting tension in other areas that can cause pain. By addressing these patterns, we can go beyond providing temporary help to the area causing discomfort, and instead, treat the root cause with lasting results.

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