Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization

FASCIQ® IASTM Tools (Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization tools) are made of high-quality surgical SS (stainless steel) AISA 304 (1.403) and are used by the professional therapist for loosening fascial structures. They mobilize the fascial soft tissue.

SS is the most suitable material for IASTM Tools because it resonates. Information provided by the tissue about agitated structures can be felt by the therapist through the tool. The therapist scans the condition of the tissue by stroking the skin with the tool. In that way, he or she can feel where blockages are present that need to be treated. By stroking the skin with the tools, you can not only detect superficial adhesions, but also irregularities that are located deep underneath the skin. The feeling can be compared to stroking sand.

Many therapists use their fingers to apply pressure to the tissue. This is why joint wear and strains are a common complaint among therapists. By using FASCIQ® Tools, the treatment becomes much less physically taxing for the therapist.

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FASCIQ® IASTM Tools stimulate:

  • A flexible and well-maintained, healthy fascial network.
  • Improved tissue perfusion.
  • Improved range of motion.
  • Mobilization of the soft tissue.
  • Loosening of adhesions in the connective tissue.
  • Treatment of trigger points.

The FASCIQ® IASTM Tools consist of a number of separate IASTM instruments that look different with various finished sides. In addition to separate instruments, FASCIQ® also offers two complete sets with various tools. All IASTM Tools are packed in a sturdy, beautiful storage bag.Usually, each tool has multiple shapes and finished edges to increase its employability. The smaller tools are generally used for the treatment of smaller parts of the body, smaller strokes and reaching superficial tissue structures. The larger and heavier tools are used to reach deeper and are suitable for the treatment of larger parts of the body.

Shapes the IASTM tools may have:

  • Concave shape, this is a rounder, long curve.
  • Convex shape, this is a tube-shaped indentation.
  • Round blunt shape (for more pressure and deeper layers).
  • Hook shape (among other things for the treatment of trigger points).

Types of edges the tools may have:

  • Double slanted edges.This is the ideal shape for strokes in both directions during treatment without having to switch hands. This part feels slightly sharper on the skin.
  • One slanted edge.The slanted edge is ideal for scanning for tissue problems. However, the finishing allows for fewer application options.
  • Round, straight edge.This part feels softer to the client, which means that the therapist can apply more pressure. Ideal for treating trigger points.

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How to choose the right IASTM Tool?

The most appropriate instrument depends on the complaint to be treated and the pain point or pain line indicated by the client. The part of the body that must be treated is also important in choosing the right IASTM FASCIQ® Tool.

Some instruments are used to “feel” of blockages by stroking across the tissue, using the slanted sides of the tool.

The points of the instruments are used to reach problems in deeper layers of the fasciae and make fascial manipulations possible.

Which tool is used also depends on the therapist. Everyone has their personal preferences and the tool should feel comfortable in one’s hand.

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