Improved clinical outcomes & patient satisfaction justifies IASTM.
Rationale for IASTM overlaps with the underpinnings of manual therapy in general. IASTM is manual therapy. Circulation/blood chemistry, fascia, trigger points, fibrous adhesions, scar tissue, joint mobility, proprioception, acupuncture meridians, and the extracellular matrix are all areas of focus in research related to manual therapy.
With specific regard to IASTM the newest most comprehensive research to support clinical effectiveness, and help clinicians direct treatment intervention come from the following:
From the above, the theory that best supports IASTM will be related to the method in which you use your tool(s). IASTM is not a stand alone treatment. It potentiates other techniques by increasing the range and depth of manual contacts.
At the end of the day, it’s certainly important to understand the scientific rationale for soft tissue treatment. However, it will be your improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction that will ultimately justify this treatment approach.
For the academics, students, and myofascial aficionados who want to be up to date with current science of IASTM and soft tissue therapy, in general, these are must read articles. All available in PDF’s in a zip file by clicking below.