Graston Technique/Instrument-assisted Soft Tissue Release (IASTM)

Instrument-assisted soft tissue release, or IASTM, is also known as the Graston Technique. But no matter what you want to call it, IASTM is extremely effective at helping us detect scar tissue and treat the restrictions it causes to your normal functioning.

In IASTM, Dr. Flattery use stainless steel instruments designed to help pinpoint adhesions, soft tissue fibrosis—thickening or scarring produced by the body in response to injury—or chronic inflammation. They then use the instruments to separate and break down scar tissue, stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers, increase blood flow to and from the affected area, increase cellular activity in the area, and stimulate a local immune response. Once the scar tissue is broken down, it is absorbed by the body.

As a result, patients experience increased range of motion and a significant reduction in, or elimination of, pain. IASTM can cause discomfort during the procedure, and some people experience bruising afterwards, but that is a normal part of the healing process.

If pain and reduced range of motion have been a problem for you, IASTM may be part of the solution. Call the Center for Integrated Medicine now to make an appointment with Dr. Flattery.