Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is performed in physical therapy clinics worldwide for myofasical restriction, whereby it provides a mobilizing effect to scar tissue and myofascial adhesions.
Research studies have indicated clinical benefits of IASTM, showing improvements in range of motion, strength and pain perception following treatment. However, the drawbacks of IASTM clinical treatment include:
- It's a hassle to travel to receive treatment
- It's expensive
- Insurance may not cover the treatment