Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM, is a modality that uses specialized tools. These can be made of metal, such as stainless steel, and are shaped to allow for effective therapy over various parts of the body, including arms, legs, and back. Acute inflammation is a normal and necessary physiological response to trauma, such as a hard workout that results in muscle damage. The response speeds healing and involves the movement of immune cells to the target area to help eliminate waste products. Deep transverse tissue massage is a well-recognized modality that induces an acute local inflammatory response, and IASTM with the M2T-Blade is a means of providing the benefits of this type of massage. The tools used in IASTM like the M2T-Blade can provide more consistent therapy and a deeper massage than a sports massage that is manual. There is less danger of the provider experiencing fatigue and thus compromising on pressure or length of treatment. A severely limited range of motion can impair quality of training and performance. It can result from muscle imbalances or overly tight muscles.