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Manuals and Resources


IASTM Technique Primer 

       We’ve highlighted the fundamental characteristics of IASTM tissue strokes, basic precautions, strategies, and treatment tips in our 2015 Technique Primer: describing 8 treatment strokes (4 basic and 4 advanced) based on commonly accepted soft tissue treatment rationales.   Please keep in mind that you can apply instrumented technique to many other therapy approaches & rationales.
    We have Video Demonstrations of the 4 Basic Technique Strokes, showing how an instrument contact can make delivery of other soft tissue therapies advantageous in certain instances. 

- If you would like a PDF Primer for our G+ Series tools, please visit our G+ Series Page -

   Instruments should not replace traditional hand contacts altogether, but they can increase the range and scope of your therapies… using IASTM as a helpful adjunct during diagnostic palpation, warming massage, cross friction, and deep fascial release.   (These are defined with case studies, along with a lot of additional helpful information in the Technique Primer).

IASTM Technique Primer 

       We’ve highlighted the fundamental characteristics of IASTM tissue strokes, basic precautions, strategies, and treatment tips in our 2015 Technique Primer: describing 8 treatment strokes (4 basic and 4 advanced) based on commonly accepted soft tissue treatment rationales.   Please keep in mind that you can apply instrumented technique to many other therapy approaches & rationales.
     We have Video Demonstrations of the 4 Basic Technique Strokes, showing how an instrument contact can make delivery of other soft tissue therapies advantageous in certain instances. 

- If you would like a PDF Primer for our G+ Series tools, please visit our G+ Series Page -

     Instruments should not replace traditional hand contacts altogether, but they can increase the range and scope of your therapies… using IASTM as a helpful adjunct during diagnostic palpation, warming massage, cross friction, and deep fascial release. (These are defined with case studies, along with a lot of additional helpful information in the Technique Primer).

Choosing Tools Guide

    “S,” “M,” and “L” MyoBar IASTM tools are designed to treat a “sweet spot” on a SCALE of target anatomy.  You can download our Choosing Tools Guide to help you decide which size(s) fits your needs best for IASTM practice.   There are several choices in each size category related to STYLE and features.
   You can see our Instrument Comparison Videos for a quick comparison of Healing Edge and Myofascial Bar styles.   You can also download our Choosing Tools PDF Guide: describing the various aspects of our instruments..
  We also have a Popular Recommendations list, this is used as a guide based on your area of interest.

Choosing Tools Guide

     “S,” “M,” and “L” MyoBar IASTM tools are designed to treat a “sweet spot” on a SCALE of target anatomy.  You can download our Choosing Tools Guide to help you decide which size(s) fits your needs best for IASTM practice.   There are several choices in each size category related to STYLE and features.
   You can see our Instrument Comparison Videos for a quick comparison of Healing Edge and Myofascial Bar styles.   You can also download our Choosing Tools PDF Guide: describing the various aspects of our instruments.
  We also have a Popular Recommendations list, this is used as a guide based on your area of interest.

IASTM Reference Articles

    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 in our downloadable zip file.
    These Reference Articles have specific regard to IASTM and the latest most comprehensive research to support clinical effectiveness:
1.  Structural Integrationists– this group has made fascia a focus for forty years based on the initial work of Ida Rolf (who in turn was influenced by osteopath Andrew Still). Excellent research and teaching materials have be put forth recently by Thomas Findley, Robert Schliep, Tom Myers, and many others.
2.  Trigger Point Researchers– these elusive entities have played a pivotal role in the myofascial discussion for decades, yet it seems that there are often attempts at “disproving” their existence. Look to the quality work offered by Jay Shah, John McPartland, Robert Gerwin, Jan Dommerholt and others to guide the discussion of treating trigger points in manual therapy.
3.  The Fascial Manipulation® Association– Luigi Stecco, his son Antonio, his daughter Carla, and other members of the worldwide Fascial Manipulation Association have put together tremendous original research related to fascial anatomy, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment intervention.  Their hyaluronic acid hypothesis for fascial dysfunction is a welcome explanation for the “restrictions” that are often encountered when palpating soft tissues.
4.  Helene Langevin– a much updated view of connective tissue and fibroblastic activity (compared to earlier scar tissue and remodeling theories of Cyriax). New concepts are offered like mechanical signaling, microtubule force transmission, fibroblast response to fascial stretch, and the manual therapy component of acupuncture and dry needling.
     If you are looking for a bit more you can visit our Myofascial Blog Page.  With articles written by Matthew Hajzl, DC discussing various clinical topics and issues related to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.

IASTM Reference Articles

     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 in our downloadable zip file.
     These Reference Articles have specific regard to IASTM and the latest most comprehensive research to support clinical effectiveness:
1.  Structural Integrationists– this group has made fascia a focus for forty years based on the initial work of Ida Rolf (who in turn was influenced by osteopath Andrew Still). Excellent research and teaching materials have be put forth recently by Thomas Findley, Robert Schliep, Tom Myers, and many others.
2.  Trigger Point Researchers– these elusive entities have played a pivotal role in the myofascial discussion for decades, yet it seems that there are often attempts at “disproving” their existence. Look to the quality work offered by Jay Shah, John McPartland, Robert Gerwin, Jan Dommerholt and others to guide the discussion of treating trigger points in manual therapy.
3.  The Fascial Manipulation® Association– Luigi Stecco, his son Antonio, his daughter Carla, and other members of the worldwide Fascial Manipulation Association have put together tremendous original research related to fascial anatomy, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment intervention.  Their hyaluronic acid hypothesis for fascial dysfunction is a welcome explanation for the “restrictions” that are often encountered when palpating soft tissues.
4.  Helene Langevin– a much updated view of connective tissue and fibroblastic activity (compared to earlier scar tissue and remodeling theories of Cyriax). New concepts are offered like mechanical signaling, microtubule force transmission, fibroblast response to fascial stretch, and the manual therapy component of acupuncture and dry needling.
     If you are looking for a bit more you can visit our Myofascial Blog Page.  With articles written by Matthew Hajzl, DC discussing various clinical topics and issues related to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.