Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Techniques are a group of techniques designed to treat muscles and a specific type of connective tissue called fascia. Common names for these techniques include FAKTR, ConnectX, Graston, and Gua Sha, among others. Regardless of the name, all these non-invasive IASTM Techniques have the same goal: to mobilize the soft tissues to improve motion, restore function, and decrease pain. This is accomplished by utilizing specialized tools to identify and treat fascial restrictions, or localized areas where the muscles and connective tissues lack proper mobility and impair normal physical performance through the kinetic chain. The doctor applies a back and forth motion with the tool over the effected area, often while the patient positions the muscle in a stretched position or performs a particular movement pattern.
Fascial restrictions can result from physical trauma, repetitive stress and overuse, muscle strains or tears, immobilization, and surgical incisions, or other mechanisms. Common conditions treated by IASTM include tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, rotator cuff issues, frozen shoulder, shin splints, back pain, neck pain, scar tissue, pulled muscles, trigger finger, and more.
Body Logic is one of the only places in Virginia Beach that has doctors with certifications in these techniques.