Astym vs. IASTM

Astym® therapy resulted from a groundbreaking research endeavor undertaken by a multidisciplinary research team including well-known scientists, therapists, and physicians, with support from major universities and hospitals. Astym Therapy Explained: In this Astym Research Project, the team had the unique advantage of being able to combine knowledge...

Astym® treatment is very different from IASTM. Astym is a highly effective and safe soft tissue therapy. Astym therapy was scientifically developed, has a sound research base, and has standardized, highly-effective protocols – all of which make it different and a much better treatment than...

In the past, depending on the patient’s injury, diagnosis, and symptoms, I have used transverse friction massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, lymphedema massage and scar massage to deal with restrictions, fibrosis, or pain in the soft tissues. Five years ago, my patient load was...

Soft tissue mobilization (STM) is a very broad term. It can include all types of manipulating or “mobilizing” soft tissue in an effort to decrease pain and improve movement. Tools have been added to soft tissue mobilization which is called IASTM or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston, St3 Fuzion, etc. are brands of IASTM). The goal of instrumented STMs, or IASTM, is clear and simple: to mechanically break apart adhesions.

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