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IASTM, or Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization, is a technique using a hand-held tool to diagnose and treat soft tissue dysfunction. It evolved from a technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha and has become increasingly popular recently due to its effectiveness and efficiency. Instruments effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions in areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration.

IASTM enhances results from exercises and joint mobilization, and thus pairs well with chiropractic treatment. Many varieties of tools exist; perhaps you have heard of Graston®; a technique system made popular by athletes such as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Dr. Hayden has completed the first module of Graston® training, but after careful consideration, choose a tool to perform IASTM from a different company.

Conditions treated include:

  • Medial Epicondylitis/osis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/osis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis
  • Patellar Tendinitis/osis
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis/osis
  • Heel Pain
  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
  • Chronic and Acute Sprains/Strains
  • Non-Acute Bursitis
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Wrist Tendinitis/osis
  • Reduced ROM Due to Scar Tissue
  • Achilles Tendinitis/osis

Dr Natasha Hayden is a pediatric and prenatal chiropractor that is passionate about helping her community discover just how good their bodies are designed to feel, so they can do more of what they love. 

Your health goals are within reach with the support of our team.