Also known as Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, is a technique used to break up scar tissue resulting from injury or surgery and promote healing. Treatment may include traditional chiropractic manipulation, or an adjustment, as well as instrument-assisted adjusting (Activator), stretching, muscle work, or other techniques. 

The Activator is 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.

Stainless steel is the most suitable material for IASTM Tools because it resonates. Information provided by the tissue about agitated structures can be felt by the therapist. through the tool. The therapist scans the condition of the tissue by stroking the skin with the tool. In that way, he or she can feel where blockages are present that need to be treated. By stroking the skin with the tools, you can not only detect superficial adhesions but also irregularities that are located deep underneath the skin. The feeling can be compared to stroking sand.

The Instrument effectively breaks 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.

IASTM therapyConditions 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


Chiropractic care is a safe and effective solution to your pain. 


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. 

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