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European/Canadian Osteopaths & IASTM

​Osteopaths in the US are nearly indistinguishable from M.D.'s, but in Europe and Canada still perform manual medicine.   While there are many manual medicine techniques, there is something unique about instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) in that it can be used as an adjunct for any soft tissue technique, giving you improved and more controlled tissue strokes.

IASTM tools act as a force multiplier (the tool edge concentrating mechanical treatment force more specifically) and help determine dysfunctional tissue along long kinetic chains via a property of annealed stainless steel called diagnostic resonance.   Similar to the way a needle rides in a record groove, the edge of an IASTM tool rides along tissue topography giving the practitioner "feedback."   Together with a comprehensive soft tissue diagnosis protocol, you will dramatically improve your outcomes.

A truly universal soft tissue diagnosis protocol has been missing from manual therapy- one that can determine primary lesions in fascia and soft tissue sometimes several segments away from the pain site.   Most clinicians have learned to just trust their intuitive soft tissue palpitation skills.   However, Stecco Fascial Manipulation now offers an elegant and comprehensive system for determination of lesion sites ("densifications") based on the hyaluronic acid hypothesis of myofascial pain.   FM evaluation is universal in that it can drive efficient treatment for any manual therapy.   With accurate evaluation and quick, effective, treatment with quality stainless steel IASTM instruments your practice will dramatically improve its outcomes.   To recap the key benefits of IASTM are:

​Tools act as a force multiplier, giving more specific soft tissue treatments.   The unique profiles of the instruments make contacts that are in many cases more accurate than thumb/finger contacts.

Using IASTM tools eases strain on the practitioner.   This becomes especially important when your practice becomes busy and you cannot possibly perform intense soft tissue therapies all day long.

​By finding soft tissue lesions quickly and treating the dysfunctional area exclusively vs. working "around and around" it, you will save time in the treatment session.

Finally, by directly accessing the patients pain sites in the soft tissue, you will communicate (non verbally) with the patient that you are competent and effective as a clinician.


Top Conditions Treated with IASTM

Once your patients see you as the doctor for treating all areas of the body with innovative IASTM instruments, you will be surprised at the number of referrals and reactivations you will get for conditions like tennis elbow or Iliotibial Band Syndrome.   And if you are already seeing a lot of extremity myofascial cases, you will be impressed with the effectiveness of IASTM instruments.   Here are some top conditions that you will see better results (while making your treatment quicker and less fatiguing).

​Lateral Epicondylitis

Rotator Cuff Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel/Arm Tingling

Biceps Tendonitis

Patellar Tendonitis

Illiotibial Band Sydrome

Achillies Tendoniits

Plantar Fasciitis


​Easy Technique Integration for Osteopaths

IASTM is not a complicated technique.   If you have experience with any soft tissue approach, you can perform your treatment just like you did with your hands, now with the addition of an instrument.   In terms of logistics and use during a treatment session, the minimum time for effective use of this adjunct therapy is about 5 minutes.   Here you can pick two to three treatment sites, perform your choice of IASTM stroke, and follow up with integrated movement.

We have videos you can watch on our Technique Page of four common IASTM strokes.   Also, available at the bottom of the Technique Page is the comprehensive Technique Primer PDF with background, theory, descriptions of 8 therapeutic strokes, and references.   Before continuing, don't forget to bookmark this Chiropractic IASTM page to easily access information later... And, would you think about sharing this page with your Osteopathic colleagues?