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IASTM Certification Overview

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Overview

What is IASTM?Why IASTM Certification?How do I get certified in IASTM?

What is IASTM?

Instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization, a manual therapy technique collectively known as IASTM, is rapidly gaining popularity nationwide. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, or IASTM, has become a general term to describe the use of any instrument or tool to massage, mobilize or manipulate soft tissue structures. However, within this general usage there is enormous variation in the depth and complexity of its application. This ranges from techniques to improve general tissue mobility to instigating a remodelling of soft tissues or stimulating neurological drive to create dramatic changes in range of movement. IASTM is an advanced form of myofascial mobilization primarily used to detect and release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions. When coupled with stretching and strengthening, IASTM is intended to improve connective tissue function. This technique allows a clinician to locate the area of the adhesion in the soft tissue involved through vibrations or undulations of the instruments in the clinician’s hands. The clinician may utilize the instruments to break up the abnormal cross linkages between muscle, tendon, or fascia and return the injured area to its optimal function.

Why IASTM Certification?

IASTM was conceived as an acronym for the one technique of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. However, since its origin, IASTM has evolved in its use, equipment and meaning. Not fully understanding the different aspects and varying complexities of IASTM is leading to confusion within the industry and within healthcare professions about the tools they use, the training they get and the results that should be expected. The profession does not now refer to IASTM as an acronym anymore, but rather as the “use of tools or instruments on the body to elicit a positive effect”. The meaning of IASTM has evolved from an acronym describing a technique to a name defining a whole manual therapy with its own terminology, equipment and assessment techniques. This certification helps to clear up the confusion and provide the best evidence available for the use of IASTM in clinical practice. This will help to insure successful management and outcomes in your patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction.

How do I get certified in IASTM?

Participants who successfully complete the Scrape, Tape, and Move: Foundation to Function Course and pass both the IASTM practical and written exam will achieve the level one IASTM Certification awarded by the Academy of Human Movement.

16 Hours, 1.6 CEU’s Tuition: $645.00

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