IASTM | What is It? How Does it Aide in Recovery?

Dr. Lucas Hiller, PT, DPT

Posted 01.07.2022

IASTM stands for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. IASTM is popularized by companies such as RockTape®, HawkGrips®, and Graston® who have developed stainless steel tools with varying contours to adjust to your anatomy.


What Does IASTM Do?

IASTM aims to improve range of motion, increase strength and decrease the perception of pain by increasing blood flow to the area, breaking down adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments, and initiating an inflammatory response to aid in the healing process.

IASTM is Commonly Used for the Following Conditions

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Neck Pain
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Muscle Sprains
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

At InstaCare, all our therapists utilize IASTM during our one-on-one treatments to help get you back to doing what you love!

Meet the Author

Dr. Lucas Hiller, PT, DPT is dedicated to the wellness of each and every person who walks through the door. With his knowledge, he helps health conscious individuals live their most active and fit life without the need for pills, injections or surgery. When Dr. Hiller isn't using his magic touch to keep people as active and healthy as they can, he's attending classes and conferences to implement the most innovative practices and technologies to address his patients' needs.

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